ThanksGIVING in The Sandbox

The generosity we’ve encountered for Thanksgiving 2012 is simply unparalleled. Our community has shown such selflessness and allowed us to easily exceed our goal of feeding 75 Charlotte families (over 425 people).

One man was so compelled by the mission behind The Sandbox, that he donated 32 turkeys! A 77-year-old woman with her own health challenges donated $10 for our Thanksgiving outreach. Big or small, each donation makes a difference and has catapulted us past our goals.

And, in the words of our recipients:

“We wouldn’t have had a Thanksgiving meal without The Sandbox.”

“I got these groceries at the right time. You don’t know how much I needed this”

“Thank you all for all the Sandbox does to help, I don’t know what we would do without them.”


Plus, with the abundance of food we received we were also able to do two more very cool things:

  1. We shared with food our partners at the Ronald McDonald House, another local non-profit providing housing and food for families in Charlotte to care for kids in local hospitals.
  2. We will be able to feed more than 25 families who have requested groceries and basic needs as part of their Christmas Wishlist.

Food Needs On The Rise

As the needs for basic needs like food and housing increases among our families struggling to care for their sick child we appreciate the donation of groceries and monetary gifts throughout the year. It is encouraging to see caring individuals, community groups and businesses lock arms with us this Thanksgiving.


As a thanks for their generosity, we would like to encourage your support of these local businesses:


Jump in the Sandbox for Thanksgiving 2013

Help us spread the word by reaching out to your friends, family, business or community organization. We collect the following items for Thanksgiving and include a variety of other pantry items, which are in high demand all year long.

  • Grocery Store Gift Cards
  • Fresh Turkeys
  • Laundry Baskets – To deliver the food to families
  • Canned Goods – Such as Green Beans, Corn, Cranberries, etc.
  • Boxed Goods – Such as Stuffing and Instant Potatoes
  • Iced Tea
  • Complimentary Items – Such as Napkins

If your organization or business would like to host a food drive, please contact us at for an informational and introduction packet.  To make a monetary donation to help fill in the gaps as needed this Thanksgiving, please click HERE!

Meet Our Thanksgiving Captains

With each major outreach effort that we embark on, we have a Team Captain that steps up to the plate helping to assemble and organize efforts. We would like to thank two very special individuals who are dedicating their valuable time to ensure that Thanksgiving is a season of hope and encouragement for the families we serve!

 Mary Parker – Thanksgiving Team Lead


Brice Parker – Thanksgiving Youth Leader


Mary and Brice – We thank you for your devotion to The Sandbox and the families that we have the honor of serving!

To connect with Mary and/or Brice about how you can become involved, please email or click HERE to register via SignUp Genius.