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The Ada Jenkins Center Grateful for Holiday Donations

by | Jan 6, 2022

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The Ada Jenkins Center is immensely grateful for the outpouring of items and food donated by neighbors during the holidays. The Center’s staff is now in the process of sorting, storing, and distributing it all.
“Our client families’ needs don’t end when the holidays do,” says Karen Martin, Ada Jenkins Center’s Director of Development,  “so we hope everyone will continue to think of them throughout the new year.”

If considering new donations, Martin adds, please note the following:

  • Food/Hygiene Items:   Please email Heidi Acker, the Center’s Food Pantry Coordinator, to learn what the Pantry needs most these days. Pantry volunteers are onsite Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30-11:30am.
  • School Supplies:   Please email Kateaka Brown, the Center’s Education Services Program Operations Coordinator, to learn what types of supplies the LEARN Works students may need.
  • Books: The students follow a structured curriculum that requires specific books, and the Center is unable to accept other book donations at this time. Center staff suggest donating books to its service partners Goodwill and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
  • Clothing:  The Ada Jenkins Center does not distribute clothing;  instead, clients are referred toLydia’s Loft.
  • Art Supplies, Furniture and Household Items:  Due to space limitations, the Center is unable to accept these, and suggests donating these items to their good friends at Goodwill , the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. or Beds for Kids, which takes more than beds.
Martin adds that what clients need most are merchant gift cards ($10-$15) for needs such as:
  • Uber/Lyft
  • Hardware stores
  • Restaurants
  • Groceries and Other Retail (Target, Walgreens, etc.)
If you’d like to donate these, please contact Karen Martin at 704-896-0471, ext. 102.
The Ada Jenkins Center also has an AmazonSmile wish list, for easy ordering of other items — and AmazonSmile donates a portion of these sales back to the Ada Jenkins Center.

The Ada Jenkins Center has stood in Davidson for more than 80 years as a hub for education and community services in northern Mecklenburg County. With services including social work case management; housing, employment and financial resources; youth and adult education; and food pantry, we help thousands of people in our community create lasting solutions for economic stability. To learn more: and follow on social media:  FacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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