Bain families come together for each other

MINT HILL – It takes a community to ensure families at Bain Elementary School are provided for – that’s the belief of some parents, staff and community organizations and businesses in Mint Hill.

Bain Elementary School has nearly 200 students who are considered economically disadvantaged based on data from last school year. Many of those students and their families needed a helping hand around the holidays, so the school adopted 80 students and families this holiday season to make sure they would receive gifts and food over the winter break.

“This year we have 31 families that were in need of help for Christmas,” Twila Quattlebaum, the school’s counselor, said. “We provide presents for not only the siblings here at Bain, but for their younger siblings and their parents,

The school helped provide gifts for 24 families last year, Quattlebaum said. But thanks to organizations like the Mint Hill Lions Club, which adopted more than 20 children to sponsor this holiday season, and sponsors like Rack Room Shoes at south Charlotte’s Arboretum location, who donated 59 pairs of shoes through the store’s “Shoes that Fit” program, the school was able to pull enough donations for this year’s increased need.

The school also provides a virtual Angel Tree, Quattlebaum said, for families to sign up to bring gifts, wrap gifts or provide food for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Not only do Bain families volunteer to help those in need, but some past Bain families come back and help out, as

“I always know which elves I can depend on each year,” Quattlebaum said. “And even families that are not at Bain anymore – they still come back to help.”

Quattlebaum said it’s important for the Bain community to help out their own to teach students the importance of community, giving back and helping those less fortunate. Tammy Schoolcraft has two sons, one at Bain and one at Mint Hill Middle School. For the past several years, Schoolcraft and her family have paid it forward, helping a family at the school through the holidays.

“It’s really not just us. I can’t take the credit,” Schoolcraft, who has been helping Quattlebaum with the initiative for the past four years, said. “Our little portion is just a really small part to help it all come together. We do it because it’s what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to help our brothers and sisters.”

Schoolcraft mainly helps with coordinating things like sign-ups and wrapping, making the process easy for other families at the school to step up and help where

Quattlebaum said names of students and families in need come in anonymously, and this year, the 31 families included more than 80 kids, some Bain students and some not. That’s why the school is thankful to have help from organizations like the Mint Hill Lions

“It’s their third year helping us,” Quattlebaum said. “They have a set amount every year that they pledge to donate to us. They do all the shopping, and they do all the

In addition to help throughout the holidays, Bain provides a school food pantry for its families in need. Needed items include: pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, rice, canned fish and meats, boxed meals, instant mashed potatoes, canned soup and chili, canned fruit and breakfast items. Plastic food storage containers, paper towels and tolietry items also are needed. Donations can be dropped off at the school’s main office. Contact the school at 980-343-6915 for more information. The school is located at 11523 Bain School Road.

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