Each year, the Holiday Helpers program at Cape Fear Community College provides additional financial help to students that have their own families to support. Started in 2005 by volunteers with the CFCC Foundation Board of Directors, the program focuses on making sure that the children of students in financial need are remembered on Christmas morning.
She added that students have been incredibly thankful for the extra help and say that it will make tremendous difference to their family.
This year, private donors made a record number of donations, which has helped nearly 300 local children of CFCC students.
After a careful vetting process to ensure each student meets financial need requirements, students are awarded gift cards so they may purchase toys, gifts, food and clothing for their families during the holidays. In some cases, donors choose to accompany students on shopping trips.