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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.


An intentional way to give back this holiday season


Sign up to adopt a classroom

When you sign up to adopt a classroom, you are committing to providing every single student in a Title 1 classroom with a brand new $10-$15 toy. 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: 

  • School & teachers name
  • Grade level (age range)
  • Delivery Date & time
  • Suggest toy list
  • number of boys and girls in your class

Sign ups launch October 1, 2018.



wrapping Night

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!

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Deliver your Gifts!

Our Delivery Days are the foundation of Charleston Hope. It's where we began and some of our favorite days of the year! 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! 


Everyone is welcome- not just those who adopted classrooms!



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 our programs, be recognized in promotional material, and help empower the next generations of leaders.

Your contribution becomes a significant supporter of Title 1 education, closing the achievement gap found in marginalized schools and communities, and providing low-income teachers with the support and resources they need to be successful.

2017 Corporate Sponsors


Letter to Charleston Hope

2017 Charleston Hope Wrapping Night I ABC News 4

Delivery Day Highlight Video