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Grant a special wish this holiday season

Cabarrus residents can participate the Cabarrus County annual gift tree program

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CONCORD, N.C., Nov. 28, 2017 – On the Wendy Gainey Christmas Trees you’ll find tags asking for video games, bikes and dolls. Alongside those are tags that list essential items, like socks, calendars, blankets and soap. Wendy Gainey Memorial Christmas Trees hold a special place for all those with a special wish and a special need this holiday season. And those wishes wouldn’t come true without the generosity of our community.

Through Cabarrus County Helping Hearts and Hands (Ch3), an employee-run charitable committee, the community is invited to join employees in selecting a tag and making a holiday wish a reality for local children, senior citizens, veterans and more who are serviced by Cabarrus County’s partner agencies. Just before Christmas, Ch3 volunteers will deliver the gifts to the agencies.

Formerly called the Ch3 Helping Hands Tree, the program was renamed in 2011 to honor the memory of Wendy Gainey, a long-time employee of Cabarrus who was passionate about giving back to our community.

Those who wish to provide gifts may select a gift tag from a Christmas tree at one of the following four locations:

  • Cabarrus County Public Library - Concord, 27 Union Street North, Concord;
  • Cabarrus County Public Library – Kannapolis, 850 Mountain Street, Kannapolis;
  • Cabarrus County Public Library – Mt. Pleasant, 8556 Cook Street, Mt. Pleasant
  • Cabarrus County Public Library – Harrisburg, 201 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg. 

Unwrapped presents in gift bags are due back to the tree location where you selected the gift tag by Friday, December 8.

Here’s how it works:

  • Select a gift tag from the tree in one of the four locations.
  • The back of the tag provides information about the individual and/or specific gift needs.
  • List your name, address and telephone number by the ID number found on the sign-up sheet on the table beside the tree.
  • Go shopping and purchase your choice of items from the list.
  • Label gifts with the ID number on the gift tag.
  • Return unwrapped gifts by Friday, December 8, at 5 p.m. to the tree location where you selected the gift tag and give the gift to a County employee.

 For additional information, visit or call 704-920-2568.


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