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Adopt a Classroom is our holiday Initiative that provides a Holiday gift to every student and teacher in 8 of charleston’s high-poverty schools.



An intentional way to give back this holiday season


Become a Gift-Giving sponsor

When you sign up to adopt a classroom, you are committing to providing every single student in the Title 1 classroom assigned to you with a brand new $10-$15 toy as well as a $10-$20 gift card for their teacher(s). You can purchase the gifts yourself or rally your friends, family, and coworkers together to collect one toy per child! When you sign up, we provide you with: 

  • the exact number of boys and girls in your assigned classroom for you to purchase one gift for each student

  • the school your classroom is in

  • the date you can hand deliver the gifts to your classroom

  • the number of teachers (1-2) in the class you’ll provide a $10-$20 gift card for

  • a welcome packet with a suggested toy list, toolkit, and more!



Shopping Nights

Grab you friends, family, & coworkers and come shope for the classroom(s) you adopted at one of our private shopping nights! Our team and The Wonder Works Toy Experts will be there to help you find the perfect gifts for your students so YOU can Make Magic Happen in our community this Holiday season! 15% off will be applied to your purchase!

All Adopt a Classroom Gift Giving Sponsors will receive 15% off all toys purchased at Wonder Works. When checking out, let them know you are a Charleston Hope Sponsor and they will apply the discount to your purchase! This applies October 15-December 3rd!

Shopping Nights:

Mt. Pleasant Wonder Works | November 15 | 6-9 pm

West Ashley Wonder Works | November 18 | 5-8 pm

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wrapping Night : December 7 @ 6:30 pm

Our annual Wrapping Night is a unique event that rallies over 500 local individuals together in the College of Charleston TD Arena to wrap over 2,500 toys. We call it organized chaos but believe us, it's a night you don't want to miss! If you are a classroom sponsor and have collected gifts with your friends, family, or coworkers- this is a great opportunity to build community and wrap your toys together!


If you weren't able to adopt a classroom this year, don't let that stop you- come hang out with us and wrap gifts for sponsors who may not be able to make it!

Interested in having your business become a Wrapping Night Sponsor? View our Sponsorship Packet Here.



Delivery Day

If you adopted a classroom, this is where you get to meet the faces and see the smiles behind the gifts you intentionally bought! We know you have them in mind when collecting and wrapping their gifts and we are thrilled that every sponsor has the opportunity to meet the students and teachers they are loving on this Holiday season! 

December 13: Burns & Mary- Ford Elementary

December 14: Mitchell & Sanders-Clyde Elementary

December 18: Cainhoy & St. Jame Santee Elementary

December 19: Charleston Progressive Academy & North Charleston Elementary

Everyone is welcome- not just those who adopted classrooms!



Become an adopt a classroom donor

There are so many ways for you to get involved with Adopt a Classroom this year! You can support Adopt a Classroom and our mission at Charleston Hope by becoming a financial donor, purchasing supplies for our classroom Holiday Parties or our Amazon Wishlist, or purchasing teacher/staff gift-cards to ensure everyone in our 8 schools is celebrated and thanked this Holiday season!


2018 Corporate Sponsors

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities for your company to build its brand around the Lowcountry. As a sponsor, your company will have the opportunity to participate in Adopt a Classroom, and be recognized in promotional material.

Please view our Sponsor Packet below and email us to receive more information or to receive a Sponsor Confirmation Form to become a Corporate Sponsor!


Letter to Charleston Hope

2017 Charleston Hope Wrapping Night I ABC News 4

Delivery Day Highlight Video


The story

In her senior year of high school, Emily’s eyes were opened to the hardships of the students in her sister’s Title One  classroom. At her parent’s kitchen table, a group of teenagers developed a plan to bring joy and hope during the holidays to 40 low-income students. This holiday initiative became Charleston Hope’s “Adopt a Classroom”. By 2012, entire schools were being adopted and the vision to intentionally provide every Title 1 student with a brand new toy during the Holiday season was born.  

Emily continued to expand this program while at the College of Charleston and then replicated the program in Akron, Ohio and Clemson, South Carolina with other college students. In 2017, Adopt a Classroom served a total of 13 Title 1 schools and over 5,000 students. Our program is not a toy drive but a unique opportunity for classroom sponsors to intentionally pick out gifts for their assigned classroom(s), attend Wrapping Night with 500 other community members, and have the chance to personally deliver the gifts to their classroom.