Eblen Charities Newsletter July 28, 2021
Ingles / Eblen Charities Tools for Schools
(Asheville, NC) Next Wednesday, August 4th, we will begin preparing for the 2021-2022 school year with the annual Ingles Tools for Schools Supply Drive. Tens of thousands of students will be returning to schools, some for the first time in over a year, across the mountains.

The Ingles Tools for Schools Supply Drive to benefit Eblen Charities, will again welcome partners Asheville Citizen-Times, WLOS-TV, and iHeart Radio. Event sponsors also include Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry and Great Smiles Orthodontics and Two Men and a Truck. This drive brings the community together to stand beside the students, teachers, school administration, staff, and parents in helping make sure that students who cannot afford the proper school supplies will have what they need for a successful school year.

Anyone who makes a donation, via the drive, online, or through text to give, will be entered into a drawing for 6 months of free groceries (26-$100 gift cards) thanks to Ingles Markets.
Some of the items needed are:
Book bags, Earbuds, Wide/College Ruled Paper, Composition Notebooks, Mechanical Pencils, Pens: black, blue and red, Colored Pencils, Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Pencil Boxes, Markers, Glue Sticks/Glue, Highlighters, 3 Ring Binders, Index Cards, Folders, Crayons, Erasers, Scissors, Graph Paper, Dividers and more.
How you can help:
The Ingles Tools for Schools Supply Drive will be collecting school supplies at the Ingles Market at 29 Tunnel Road (across from Outback), as well as have collection carts inside Ingles Markets stores. Monetary donations can be made using your cellphone by texting STUDENT to 345345 or online at eblencharities.org. If you or your company or organization would like to join us in providing needed school supplies to the children we serve, please contact Amanda Putnam at aputnam@eblencharities.org
How you can receive assistance: The school supplies will be distributed via online signups on the Eblen Charities website. The distribution will take place on Wednesday, August 18th at the Westgate Shopping Center. The Ingles Vaccination Project and Buncombe County Health Department will be on site at the distribution to help families who are in need of required student immunizations or kindergarten physicals. Families can sign up via the signup link when registering their children for schools supplies.
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Included below are images that you can find on our social media, and in stores
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This Month at Eblen
Fred Anderson's Drive for a Difference

Eblen Charities just received a BIG check from Fred Anderson’s Drive for a Difference on behalf of Fred Anderson Toyota of Asheville, Fred Anderson Nissan of Asheville and Fred Anderson Subaru of Asheville! We are grateful to be the first recipient of $15,000 for their six month long charity drive! This support will help many families in our community.
Christmas in July - Smoky Mountain H.O.G Chapter

Christmas in July took place last Saturday after a 1-week delay.
Smoky Mountain Toy Run sponsorships are available now!

If your business is interested in sponsoring this year's Smoky Mountain Toy Run please contact Susan Riddle at sriddle@eblencharities.org before August 15.
Summer is here and that means fans!

We are distributing fans to those who are in need very soon. Each fan is purchased at a cost of around $20. If you would like to help cover the cost of a fan to keep someone cool this summer, please visit our website to make a donation or mail a donation to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville NC 28806
Energy Savers Network
The Energy Savers Network works with volunteers to empower people and restore the climate through free home energy-efficiency assessments and upgrades. They also provide education resources and referrals to other programs. Click the link below for more information if you or someone you know could benefit from these services during the hot summer months.
Feel free to share these summer energy tips:
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Mary Ann McMinn
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