Lake Norman Charter School students contribute to B&GH

July 5, 2018 

Sean Parrish and Jacob Kwiatkowski

When Lake Norman Charter School students Sean Parrish and Jacob Kwiatkowski were charged with selecting a leadership project focused on “Changing a Life,” the boys decided to focus on benefitting the children at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

For their project, Parrish and Kwiatkowski collected toys, clothes, DVDs, and new toiletries for donation to the B&GH Country Store. The store then sells these items, with all proceeds going to support the children served by B&GH.

“Our mission was to help children in need of care and support morally and physically,” said Parrish.

In addition to collecting the donated items, the boys ran a hot cocoa and lemonade stand to raise funds. This added $101 to the donation of 13 bags of items contributed.

“We learned how helping others makes you feel good,” said Kwiatkowski. “After we helped these children, it made us want to do it more.”

Parrish added, “We also learned how anyone could help. We led by taking initiative and decided to help kids in need.”

Located in Lake Waccamaw, the non-profit agency is committed to providing a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the Lake Waccamaw campus. Since 1954, more than 7,500 children from across North Carolina have benefitted from the organization.

It is a cause close to the Parrish family as Sean’s grandfather was once a resident of the Homes and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Trustees.

“We are so grateful that Sean and Jacob were so inspired by the work that we do to serve children here that they selected us for their project,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “Their efforts go far beyond the material items gathered and the funds raised. They showed our children that there are people out there who care for them.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.