By Angela Keeven
The Spectra-managed St. Charles (MO) Convention Center and We Love St. Charles are partnering up to host the 12th annual Helping Hands for the Holidays charitable event on December 12, 2019. More than 1,600 men, women, and children in need will gather at the St. Charles Convention Center for this free event to celebrate the holidays.
In 2018, a remarkable 1,625 individuals enjoyed a warm holiday meal free of charge at the event. Thanks to hundreds of generous volunteers and donors, 500 personal care bags and 1,350 winter coats were distributed to those in need. Community partners and exhibitors also played a huge role in the event’s successes, helping to provide 225 flu shots, 45 haircuts, free books for all ages, photos with Santa and fun holiday crafts.
Over the past 11 years, Helping Hands for the Holidays has hosted more than 13,275 individuals in need. In joining forces with We Love St. Charles, the St. Charles Convention Center expects to see as many as 2,700 people in attendance at this year’s event.
More than 6,000 people are currently living below the poverty line in St Charles, Missouri, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Angela Keeven is marketing manager at the St. Charles Convention Center, managed by Spectra.