Members of the National Charity League’s Lake Norman Chapter met at Broad Street Methodist Church to help the nonprofit Bridge of Hearts prepare for next year’s mission of helping children from low-income households celebrate their birthdays with gift bags.

Special to Iredell Free News

Bridge of Hearts wrapped up its school year mission of brightening the lives of students from low-income households with the help of the Lake Norman Chapter of the National Charity League, an organization composed of mothers and their teen daughters working together to help their community.

“I like coming here,” said Lillian Shuping, as she and her friend Lilly Massey created cheerful thank-you cards for distribution to school counselors this summer. “It’s a feeling of making someone else happy.”

The girls and their moms joined their fellow chapter members recently at Bridge of Hearts’ headquarters at Broad Street Methodist Church in Mooresville to help the nonprofit’s leaders perform cleanup duty, fill snack and hygiene bags, and organize inventory.

“We are so grateful for their help,” said Dr. Linda Morris, executive director of Bridge of Hearts.

League members have been regular volunteers, not only with organizing and cleaning, but also using their artistic skills to create jewelry and greeting cards. League mother Wendy Shuping said she has been fortunate to belong to this group and be able to help so many people throughout her community that face poverty.

The National Charity League is a national nonprofit organization designed to encourage community service and volunteering opportunities for mothers and their daughters in grades 7-12, Members volunteer for over 6,000 charities across the nation. The Lake Norman Chapter was founded in 2017 and chartered in 2020. Jackie Regalado is president of the Lake Norman Chapter.


This summer, Bridge of Hearts needs to restock shelves with gifts and other supplies for fall birthdays. An Amazon gift list and other information can be found by visiting


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