Eblen Charities December 2020 Newsletter

To all our Eblen friends and family, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season!

With thousands of people out of work and many children at home, the challenges for struggling families are greater than ever. There are many ways you can make the holiday season brighter this year. Please consider making a year-end gift to keep people housed, warm, safe and healthy.
This Month at Eblen
Winter Coat Drive for Eblen Charities

This year, we are partnering with several local organizations to get winter coats to people in need. Go Minis Portable Storage is holding a "COVID-friendly Meet & Greet Santa and Coat Drive" in downtown Asheville Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 outside Harrah's Cherokee - Asheville from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

They will also be holding a Coat Drive to benefit Eblen Charities. Donate a coat and get a discount on a professional quality picture with Santa courtesy of Stephan Pruitt Photography!

Eblen partners with Western Carolina Rescue Ministries

Eblen Charities is also partnering this year with the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries to get winter coats to people in need. WCRM Executive Director Micheal Woods and Eblen Executive Director Robin Boettcher help load a truck headed to WCRM at 225 Patton Ave. where free coats are distributed on Friday mornings! Thank you Micheal and team!
The Saint Nicholas Project

There are so many wonderful stories that have made this year's Saint Nicholas Project a success despite the pandemic. We invite you to view our social media to see them all.

Ingles Magical Christmas Toy Drive
This year's Ingles Magical Christmas Toy Drive set records, thanks to the generosity of many folks here in WNC. Thanks to the outpouring of support we received, a 53-foot-long. tractor trailer was filled with toys, and we collected $12,400 to help purchase toys! We are grateful to our partners: Ingles Markets, iHeartRadio, WLOS and Asheville Citizen Times.

Volunteers
The work of Eblen Charities Saint Nicholas Project could not be done without volunteers. More than 250 volunteers, including church groups, school groups, the U.S. ARMY, families and individuals have given their time to help set up the Ingles Toy Store, collect and sort toys at the toy drive, drop off boxes and pick up toys in the community and work in the toy store this year.

Businesses
Thank you to the more than 130 businesses in our community that have collected toys, helping to ensure that every family signed up for the Saint Nicholas Project will have toys to choose from over the course of eight days. This year, more than 1,250 families signed up to get assistance.
#GivingTuesday

We're grateful to everyone for supporting us.

We raised more than $6,500 on Giving Tuesday!
Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving!

More than 75 volunteers came out on Nov. 25 to distribute 850 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need this year! Big thanks to those who helped make this happen: Ingles Markets, Beverly-Hanks, Realtors - Western North Carolina Real Estate, Duke Energy and iHeartMedia!
- - - - - - - Contact Us - - - - - - -
Susan Riddle
Amanda Putnam
Projects and Events
Eddie Gumm ( Creative) egumm@eblencharities.org
- - - - - - - Volunteer - - - - - - -
Contact Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Ann McMinn
We thank you so much for the wonderful feedback on our Newsletter and please, don't hesitate to contact us as we'd love to hear your thoughts or suggestions.

If you are a new subscriber you can catch up on previous editions at the links provided here on our website: eblencharities.org/blog