12 Hours of Christmas is an event that allows Least of These Carolinas the opportunity to provide Christmas for children in foster/kinship care and families in need of assistance for the holiday.
Our first 12 Hours of Christmas event in 2013, over 150 children from 75 families received Christmas gifts. In 2014 the amount increased to 350 children. 2015 was just as promising with 380 children receiving Christmas gifts. For 2016 we anticipating serving 400 children.
What makes our event special and unique is our sponsors do not purchase just one gift per child, they buy the entire wish list for a child. Each child gets approximately $100-$125 spent on them. We encourage the families to save the gifts they receive for Christmas morning! We have a nativity scene and the Christmas story being read, games, and an area for children to pick out gifts for their parent or guardian. After all the gifts are wrapped and put away and the children have played, they all enjoy a family meal. What a fun filled magical day for the children to enjoy and in those moments be in a happy place.
This year the event will be held at First Assembly of God, 777 S. Myrtle School Rd, Gastonia on December 3rd from 8am to 8pm. This event takes AN ARMY of volunteer and you can sign up below to help us this year: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044ea4a92caaf94-12hours2
If you would like to sponsor a child for Christmas in 2016, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the video below from 2015's 12 Hours of Christmas!