GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Five Points Plaza in Uptown Greenville was packed with people Friday night. The Greenville Gives Holiday Celebration drew an excited crowd. Some were looking forward to holiday traditions while others say they came for the entertainment and to see Santa.
The event translates to the true meaning of Christmas; giving back.
“They’re just giving,” says Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. “Donating money, donating food, clothing, goods. Whatever we need to help people in our community.”
Mayor Thomas says Greenville Gives is a prime example of what the community stands for.
“It’s what everything is all about,” says Thomas. “That hope, the excitement. That’s what we all remember when we were so little. Those special memories. We’re creating memories here.”
The non-profits featured at the event say they appreciate the spotlight. Greenville Gives encourages guests to donate to Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Salvation Army, Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, and The Ronald McDonald House.
“It’s really nice for the community to get together and for the Ronald McDonald House we get donations and some exposure,” says Darby Quinn with Ronald McDonald House.
This is the fifth year of the event, hosted by Uptown Greenville.