Mills Home residents enjoy shopping spree

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 05:11 AM

Belk in High Point kicked off its “Hope in Style” back-to-school event this week with a shopping spree for residents of Mills Home.
With the help of volunteers, the children shopped at the department store for brand new outfits for the upcoming school year. The event will continue Aug. 24 with a fashion show at Greensboro Country Club where Mills Home residents will debut their new clothes. The event’s main feature is the children’s fashion show where residents walk a runway.
Mills Home is a part of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.
“We were very impressed with the organization and execution of last year’s event and its outcome,” said Jason Scott, manager of Belk in High Point. “Most of all, we’ve enjoyed the kids and seeing the transformation they’ve experienced.”
Mills Home provides care to Triad area children who come from a variety of circumstances ranging from family dysfunction to even situations of abandonment and abuse.
“Last year’s event helped so many of the children in our care,” said Karen Slate, BCH’s “Hope in Style” event coordinator. “We’re grateful to Belk for being a part of the event again this year. If it weren’t for our community friends we would not be able to care for the children’s tremendous needs.”
Belk is the lead sponsor for the second-year event benefiting BCH, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing care for children and families. The shopping spree is very meaningful to the residents, Slate said.
“When they come to Mills Home, the children often arrive with very little in the way of possessions. Sometimes the clothes on their backs are the only clothes they own,” Slate said. 
“It’s amazing that Belk did this,” said 16-year-old Mills Home resident Samantha. “It’s amazing they would do this for people they don’t even know.”
A number of Hope in Style supporters are coming together to help children they’ve never met. NASCAR’s Bobby Labonte will serve as honorary chairperson for the second year in a row. International opera star and crossover gospel artist Victoria Livengood will provide entertainment during the event. Also, many donors have contributed items to the event’s silent auction.
“I work for a company that believes in community and we give back when we can,” Scott said. “We always want to be supportive to the community that supports us.”

Hope in Style
Fashion Show: 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 24 at Greensboro Country Club. The silent auction begins at 9 a.m. Items available for bidding include autographed sports memorabilia, furniture, art prints, and vacation getaways.

Tickets: $30. Contact Karen Slate at 336-474-1211 or visit

Proceeds: Go to Mills Home to meet the physical and emotional needs of residents.