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Making Spirits Bright - Empty Stocking Fund

esf smThe YMCA’s Empty Stocking Fund has been helping make Christmas Merry & Bright for children and families of Cabarrus County for 82 years! We help supply children and families with Christmas gifts and money for heating for their homes. How you can help:

Give. Bring in an unwrapped Christmas gift and place the gift in one of the barrels set out in November or take a stocking off one of our Christmas trees and shop for an entire family!

Donate. If you would like to donate monetarily, please make out a check to the Cannon Memorial YMCA, and we can be the elves and do the shopping for you! You may also write a check, by December 6, for the YMCA’s & CCM’s Fuel Fund to help with heating costs for homes.

Volunteer Your Time. Sign up to work one of our interview times at one of our three branches to gather information directly from the families, come in and pack Christmas gifts for families, hand out gifts or help with set-up and tear down.

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with the upcoming interviews. If possible, we ask volunteers to bring a tablet or laptop to use while they volunteer.

Sign-up to Volunteer

For more information, contact Philip Belfield at 704.939.9622 x138 or pbelfield@cannonymca.org@cannonymca.org.

To Qualify for Assistance

To qualify for assistance, applicants must be interviewed. We have different interview locations. Please see below for a PDF of interview locations, dates and times in both English and Spanish.

Interview Locations, Dates, and Times



In 2018, we were able to help 201 families and 506 children! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers and donors who helped make Christmas special for families through the Empty Stocking Fund!

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YMCAs in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties will Join Together

The boards of directors of the YMCA of Rowan County and Cannon Memorial YMCA of Cabarrus County have voted to merge effective January 1, 2020. The new Association will be called Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA.

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