Panthers bring holiday cheer to 800 children, parents

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers and other host organizations teamed up Tuesday for Joy to the Carolinas, a program that brought holiday fun for 800 children and parents in need.

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There were toys, food, shoes, clothing, haircuts and health services at the event, held at Bank of America Stadium.

It took 200 volunteers to make it all happen.

“When you can collectively come together to give back and serve others, and really this evening is about serving others, that's really where the joy comes in,” said Riley Fields, director of community relations for the Panthers.

The team, along with Coca-Cola Consolidated Team Up with Convoy of Hope, provided the unique holiday experience.

Atrium Health, Harris Teeter and US Foods were also partners in the project.

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