Bridging the Gap in the Foster Care Community

12 Hours of Christmas

We serve hundreds of children in foster/kinship care a year at Christmas time! 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 $125-$150 spent on them. The Gastonia event is always the first Saturday in December, we also have a Christmas event in Rutherford county. After all the gifts are wrapped and put away and the children have played, they all enjoy a family meal and see Santa. It is magical day for the families to enjoy. Registration for this event opens in September and closes in November.


We are so excited to serve and share Christmas magic with over 600 children in foster and kinship care at 12 Hours of Christmas on December 4th (Gastonia), Hometown Christmas on December 11th (Rutherfordton), and Lake Norman Christmas on December 5th (Cornelius) this year. Before you register you must agree to the following:

  • The child must be present at our event in order to receive Christmas assistance from us.
    *Medically Fragile Children and Caregivers in High-Risk Categories, please let LOTC know when we call.
  • Please use one form per child and only register children 0-18 years old and still in high school.
  • Please do not register children who are sponsored through Toys for Tots, Salvation Army or area churches or ministries that sponsor children at Christmas.
  • While we would love to serve all the children at Christmas, our resources are limited. If you do not have an open DHHS case, we will try to serve you, but we must have a referral from a school counselor, clergy or someone approved by Selina Johnson.
  • You will get a confirmation for every entry that successfully goes through, please make sure you have entered all the eligible children. Please do not call our office to ask if we got your application.
  • Appointments for the event day are made first come, first serve. Please save 704-215-4344 in your phone as Least of These Carolinas and answer your phone when we call if you can. If you screen or miss our call, we will already be on the phone with someone else when you call back.
  • Registration is open September 20th - November 5th, 2021
  • If the online form is not working, please be patient and try again as a record number of people are registering during the first week.

Please contact Selina Johnson through email or at 704-215-4344 if you have questions.