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Hello Everyone!


We wanted to send you an update on our service project and the IMPACT we made in the community last weekend!! Pass this along to your network! Have a great and safe holiday season!

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YBLA Helps Hundreds with Gift Cards

YBLA, with the help of generous donors, shared the Christmas Spirit with more than 400 families this past weekend. The pandemic has created a serious economic hardship for far too many in Charlotte. To that end, YBLA engaged in a project to provide $50 Harris Teeter gift cards to as many families as possible.
Our initial goal was to raise $15,000 to help 300 households. We are thrilled to report that we exceeded our goal! YBLA fundraising in December resulted in more than $25,000 donated, providing cards for more than 500 households.

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We give special thanks to Truliant for donating $1,000 to sponsor 20 families. Deloitte donated $5,000 to sponsor 100 families. Andrea Smith, CAO of Bank of America, and her husband Sean generously donated $10,000, which sponsored 200 families. Other individuals and groups contributed, as well. Each dollar helped to increase the impact of the event.

The cards were distributed in an almost festive drive-by event in the parking lot of the YBLA office on Saturday, December 19. Registration was required to receive a card and on Saturday, 429 cards were distributed to help 1,544 individuals. 

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Impact by the Numbers

  • Raised $25,000

  • Secured 548 Harris Teeter $50 gift cards

  • Distributed 429 cards to families impacting 1544 individuals

  • Supported by 101 donors and 20 volunteers, led by YBLA Ambassadors in high school and college

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Six local nonprofits partnered with us. They played valuable roles in supporting our common goal of giving throughout the Charlotte community.  

  • Crisis Access Ministries – identified the needy families

  • Hidden Valley Elementary – received and distributed 16 gift cards

  • Pineville Neighbors – received and distributed 25 gift cards

  • Ballantyne Families – received and distributed 100 gift cards

  • Link Church NC – received and distributed 25 gift cards

  • Learning Help Center of Charlotte – received and distributed 20 gift cards

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Children in the families received candy on Saturday. Each family was also given a note of encouragement. The event was a great success, made possible by the generous, cooperative spirit of donors and the hard-working volunteers. The remaining cards will be distributed early next year.

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