CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - FOX 46 is working to get results for children in need ahead of the new school year. There are an estimated 5,000 students across Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools who are considered homeless.
They don’t have what they need to start the school year and the non-profit helping them is running low on supplies.
“It scares me because the need is still great,” said Courtney Harris looking at empty shelves in the closet at A Child’s Place. Harris is a social worker with the non-profit and is based inside Hidden Valley Elementary.
Harris has worked with the non-profit for seven years. She says this is as empty as she has ever seen the shelves.
“The need is high right now and these shelves used to be packed,” Harris explained.
All of the items in the closet from uniforms to underwear and school supplies go to help students.
“It’s that student that may be living somewhere else. It’s not their home. Maybe they are doubled up with friends or family. Unfortunately because of their situation they may be in hotels and many of our families are in shelters, the streets or even living in cars,” said Harris.
The one constant for many of these kids is school. Harris and her team are committed to making students feel at home inside their schools.
She knows what a fresh uniform means to a student who just wants to fit in.
“Their face lights up. They feel like they are on a shopping spree, and they can change right away and go into the classroom feeling confident and feeling like they can conquer the world and that’s what we want,” said Harris.
A Child’s Place helps students at schools all around Charlotte throughout the year so the need exists during the school year. Keeping the shelves stocked and the team prepared matters to Harris.
“I’m trying to do everything I can to let the community know we need you. We need you. We need you. Our families need you and our students need you,” said Harris.
The non-profit is making it easy to help. You can select supplies off of their Amazon Wish List and the items will be sent directly to the non-profit.
Drop offs are also accepted at 601 E. 5TH Street Suite 230 or you can call 704-343-3790
Boys tops in sizes 6/7, 7/8, 10/12, 12/14
Boys pants in sizes 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
Girls tops 7/8, 10/12, 12/14
Girls pants 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
Tennis shoes for all sizes
You can also make donations thorough their Amazon wishlist.