In keeping with the giving spirit of the holidays, the Raleigh Dream Center, a faith-based non-profit organization serving communities in need, announces its annual Christmas Adopt-A-Block program on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
During the event, which runs from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., volunteers from the organization will distribute a total of 1000 wrapped Christmas toys, made possible from individual donations to the Raleigh Dream Center. Individuals or businesses wishing to help fund this event can make a donation online by visiting http://www.raleighdreamcenter.org.
The gifts will be distributed at the organization’s five residential “Adopt-A-Block” communities:
- North Millbank Court Apartments, 1500 Raleigh Boulevard
- McMakin Street, 620 McMakin Street
- Washington Terrace Apartments, 1951 Booker Drive (at intersection of N. Fischer St. & Bakers Grove Way)
- Casa de Luna Apartments, 3819 Bonneville Court
- The Oaks Apartments, 592 Lipscomb Ct
“These are communities we have served for over two years. We have developed incredible relationships with the children and families who live there,” said Jeremy Porras.
Raleigh Dream Center administers its regular Adopt-A-Block program on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. – noon. Raleigh Dream Center volunteers meet in a visible site at each location, usually in the main office parking lot. They go door-to-door to invite residents to the event, initiate games of soccer or basketball with the children, offer prayer and encouragement, and build relationships with the community.
In addition to the residential communities, Raleigh Dream Center also ministers and builds relationships with anyone experiencing homelessness around Moore Square.
The first Adopt-A-Block outreach was started in early 2015. Raleigh Dream Center partners with local churches and businesses to provide community outreach through the Adopt-A-Block program. In 2016, Raleigh Dream Center, with the help of 1,300 volunteers, supplied 57,000 pounds of food, 6,000 articles of clothing, 2,276 free books, 384 supply-filled backpacks, 100 frozen turkeys, and 1,380 wrapped Christmas gifts to families in need.
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