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Dream Center hosts adopt-a-block program
 
Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
by Staff Reports

RALEIGH – The Raleigh Dream Center, a faith-based, nonprofit organization serving communities in need, will hold its annual Christmas Adopt-A-Block program on Dec. 16.

Volunteers will distribute 1,000 wrapped Christmas toys, made possible from individual donations, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individuals or businesses wishing to help fund this event can make a donation online by visiting 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
  • 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,” Jeremy Porras said.

The center administers its regular Adopt-A-Block program on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. 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 within the community.

The first Adopt-A-Block outreach began in 2015. Last year the 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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