On Dec. 19, 2012, the Hurricanes community relations staff and Stormy delivered angel tree gifts to children from the East Durham Children’s Initiative. The experience of seeing the families’ faces and their joy in picking up the children’s presents couldn't be topped, especially at this time of year. Some children came and their faces lit up the room, and the parents who came by showed true appreciation by giving Stormy hugs and endlessly saying, "thank you."
The holiday season is always a reminder of the joy of giving. Just 22 minutes from PNC Arena is home to East Durham Children’s Initiative. EDCI is "committed to changing outcomes and expectations for children and families living in a 120 block radius of East Durham." This holiday season, the Hurricanes and PNC Arena staff sponsored the angel tree efforts by providing a gift to 75 children from 32 families within the EDCI program. The angel tree is a great way to remind children they are remembered this time of year.
"EDCI families work so hard throughout the year to support their children at home and at school, and during the holidays we have the opportunity to thank them for their hard work," said Cate Elander, EDCI Outreach Coordinator. "We are so grateful to the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena staff for helping us thank and support these families through the angel tree initiative."
The staff members at EDCI were extremely thankful for the families' gifts, and we are so appreciative for what they do every day for the children in their program.
In a society that focuses on the chaos of work life and other obligations, it’s comforting to know that many of the children benefited from this season’s Angel Tree program have future goals. Three of the children said that they hope to become a doctor when they are older. A six year old aspires to become President of the United States and three other children want to be police officers. It’s a great feeling to know that the Hurricanes and PNC Arena staff members, along with others in the community, are not only providing a child with a gift, but also placing a gift into the hands of children with ambitions, dreams and hopes this holiday season.