Eblen Charities November 2020 Newsletter

Greetings, Eblen friends and family!

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 we can help to make the Holiday season brighter this year.
This Month at Eblen
Virtual Pumpkins Continue for Schools

There’s still time to donate on behalf of your favorite Buncombe County Schools! Eblen's pumpkins campaign is one of our most important fundraisers, as the funds raised help hundreds of families with rent, heat for with winter, shoes and clothes, and other emergency needs. Donate in support of your alma mater, favorite school, your child's or grandchild's school by clicking here through Nov. 20!

Special thanks to Ingles Markets for collecting $5,200 through their two-week pumpkin campaign, Bojangles for the Round Up for BOOsters campaign and their fundraiser with Big South Kitchen, as well as Kindred Salon for raising $335 from local customers!

The 17th Annual Oak Forest Halloween Spooktacular raised a record$3,546 through their virtual pumpkin fundraiser, and a neighborhood craft fair. Thank you Oak Forest neighbors and friends. "The generosity of our neighbors made this a record year! We are so thrilled that our efforts will help so many families during this time." ~Organizer, Stephanie Grant~
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Thank you Valley Springs Middle School!

“Valley Springs is proud to have raised over $1100 for Eblen Charities. Some of our students participated in spelling out 'VSMS Eblen' wearing masks and being six feet a part (as you can tell by their arms). Science Teacher, Mr. Rookey, used his drone to fly up and take a picture. Valley Springs is proud to be a strong support for Eblen Charities.”
~VSMS Principal, Ben Alexander~
Smoky Mountain Toy Run

We're grateful to everyone who came out to support the 40th annual Smoky Mountain Toy Run benefiting the Eblen Charities' Saint Nicholas Project!

Big thanks to the Better Life Foundation for a $5,000 grant to purchase bikes and toys, and the Smoky Mountain Harley Owners Group for raising $3,000 at the Smoky Mountain Toy Run Christmas in July event.
The 2020 U.S. Capitol Tree

The 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes a special stop at Asheville Outlets on its way to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17.

The "People's Tree" be on display behind the food court from 3-6 p.m. In-person AND drive-by options will be available. Festivities will include: an appearance by Santa Claus, Hot Cocoa Station, TapSnap Photo Booth, Food Trucks and Toy Drive benefiting the Eblen Charities' Saint Nicholas Project. Please bring a new unwrapped toy, or make a monetary donation to help a child this Christmas.

Presented by Ingles Markets and iHeart Media Asheville.

All Activities are FREE to the public. Face coverings are required to enter the event and social distancing protocols will be in effect.

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving annual turkey dinner giveaway will be held Wed, Nov 25 at the Ingles in the South Forest Shopping Center. 850 turkey dinners will be distributed drive-through style. If you know a family in need, please encourage them to register online at eblencharities.org or pick up a turkey card at the Eblen office.

Saint Nicholas Project

Toy Drop-Off Boxes started going out this week to local Ingles Markets, and businesses throughout the county. Look for this poster if you are out shopping and donate a toy for a child in need.

The Eighth Annual Ingles Magical Christmas Toy Drive, a three-day event in partnership with Ingles Markets, WLOS-TV 13, WMYA -My40, Star 104.3, the Brew 97.7, WWNC-570, Rock 105.1, and the Revolution 880 am. The toy drive will help provide gifts to thousands of children this Christmas. 

A drive-through event will be held at the Ingles on Tunnel Road (across from Outback) and will begin on Thursday, Dec. 3 and run through until noon, Saturday Dec. 5. iHeart Radio stations, along with WLOS TV, will be broadcasting live throughout the event. 
Our heartfelt thanks to our presenting sponsors: Ingles Markets, iHeartRadio, WLOS-TV, the Smoky Mountain Toy Run, Two Men and a Truck, the Smoky Mountain Hog Chapter, Great Beginnings and Great Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, and all the wonderful companies, organizations, and groups that are collecting toys.

Please make a cash or check donation or donate an unwrapped toy. Online donations can also be made at eblencharities.org/donations or text TOYS to 345343!

If you know a family who could benefit from the Saint Nicholas Project please have them register online at eblencharities.org
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Susan Riddle
Amanda Putnam
Projects and Events
Eddie Gumm ( Creative) egumm@eblencharities.org
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Mary Ann McMinn
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