Holiday Helpers program brightens season for student families in need

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.

“Many of our students have to work to pay for the cost of their college education and are also working to support a family. The extra costs that come with the gift-giving obligations during the holidays creates an extra burden that many of our students can’t afford,” said Dana McKoy, director of annual giving at CFCC.
“Because students with families sacrifice so much throughout the year just to go to school, the Holiday Helpers program was started to make sure that the children of CFCC students would still get a little something under the tree,” McKoy said.

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.