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Red White & Bundled bounces back May 9

Red White & Bundled takes over Town Hall


April 23. The 5th annual Red, White and Bundled Baby Shower comes back to Cornelius Town Hall Thursday May 9.

Sponsored by the Susan M. Tillis Foundation, the event is open to everyone. Attendees are asked to come to the Community Room with a baby item to donate.

Red, White and Bundled grew out of a visit by Susan Tillis, the program’s founder, to Fort Bragg in 2015 where she saw the needs of soldiers’ families firsthand.

“These men and women are fighting for our freedom. It seems the least we can do is to ensure a happy homecoming for their new babies,” Tillis said.

All items received will be bundled into welcome home packages for newborns of junior enlisted at Fort Bragg. Town Hall turns into a virtual Big Box store for baby items, full of volunteers sorting, packing and moving them to vehicles.

The success of the last four Red, White and Bundled showers has made it possible for the Foundation to assist almost 8,000 families—with nearly 1,700 babies welcomed just last year.

Tillis, a veteran Allen Tate real estate executive whose husband is U.S. Sen Thom Tillis, said the annual income for the recipient families is approximately $21,000. Before moving to Huntersville, the Tillis’ lived in The Peninsula.

“Many of these new parents in addition to having limited financial resources are often separated by distance from family and support systems and often lack the basic necessities just to bring their babies home from the hospital,” said.

Donations may be purchased via the Foundation’s Amazon Wish list: https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/smtfredwhite-bundledshower-may-2019-cornelius/2QVOTTVKANFZW

The Susan M. Tillis Foundation is a 501 c(3) which supports active duty families.