Eblen Charities October 2020 Newsletter

Greetings, Eblen friends and family!

October at Eblen means BOOsters and Pumpkins! These friendly ghosts and pumpkins are often seen around town, hanging in the halls at local schools, decorating walls at Ingles Markets, Bojangles, Asheville Outlets and other area businesses. Along with this, we have a new way to help! Virtual Pumpkins! Because of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, requests have skyrocketed. With thousands of people out of work and many children at home, the challenges for struggling families are greater than ever. Click the link below and donate to our Virtual Pumpkin Fundraiser or click the Create Your Own Fundraiser button.
This Week at Eblen
Ingles Pumpkin Campaign

Starting this week, support the Eblen Charities Pumpkin Fundraiser at Ingles Markets across Buncombe County! Purchase pumpkins at checkout, or donate $5 or more by texting the word PUMPKIN to 345345. Thank you for helping us serve our neighbors in need!
Bojangles BOOster Round Up

If your favorite breakfast stop in the morning is Bojangles, round up your change and be a BOOster for Eblen Charities! Fourteen Bojangles around WNC are participating to help raise money for those in need in our community! Thank you Bojangles!
Belk Charity Sale!
This Weekend: Oct. 9-11

Belk is holding it's Charity Sale October 9-11 and if you make a $5 donation to Eblen Charities, you can save $10 off your first purchase on the Day of Charity Sale.
You could also save up to 30% off rarely discounted designer brands as well as up to 60% in other parts of the store. All proceeds from the sale of this ticket will go directly to Eblen, which helps provide assistance to families and individuals in our community during times of crisis and hardship whether medical, financial or an emergency need. Click here to make your donation.

Thank You Local Business BOOsters!

Thank you Kindred Salon and The Lofts at Reynolds Village for supporting Eblen through the BOOSter campaign, helping those in need in our community! 

If your business would like to support Eblen, please visit eblencharities.org/boosters 
for more information on how you can help!
Asheville Outlets Pumpkin Campaign: Begins Oct. 15

The Asheville Outlets will host a fill the Pumpkin Wall located in the Food Court near customer service. Shoppers can donate to the Pumpkin Campaign by texting PUMPKIN to 345345 or by simply scanning the QR code on posters found throughout the Outlets. To thank donors for their minimum $5 donation, Asheville Outlets will be giving a goody bag with outlet coupon book ($5 value) when you present your receipt to the Customer Service rep located in the food court.
The 17th Annual Oak Forest Halloween Spooktacular goes virtual for Eblen Charities

We are grateful to the Oak Forest neighborhood for hosting this fundraiser virtually, as COVID-19 cancelled their annual Halloween block party. Last year, Oak Forest raised $1,530 for Eblen Charities. They hope to match it this year! 

Upcoming Programs

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. More information is available online. Signups for those in need will be online beginning Oct. 18.

Smoky Mountain Toy Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at Kearfott in Swannanoa. This year is a drive thru event. All are welcome...motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. Stop by to drop off a toy or make a cash donation to benefit the Eblen Charities Saint Nicholas Project.

Ingles Magical Christmas Toy Drive will be held Thursday, Dec. 3-Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Ingles on Tunnel Rd. More information to come.
Helping from Home
Small Donations will add up on

If you are already using Amazon, we would like to remind you that if you use AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com and choose Eblen Charities as your charity this is just one more way to help our community at no extra cost to you.
Donating Through Microsoft Rewards

Give with Bing is a new way to support the causes you care about, simply by searching with Bing. Join Microsoft Rewards and start giving with Bing. Your Bing searches will earn Reward points that are automatically donated directly to the cause of your choice.

For more information visit: https://www.bing.com/give/join

Microsoft Rewards is a free program that rewards you for doing the stuff you already do every day. You can earn points by searching, shopping, and gaming with Microsoft and redeem them for gift cards, sweepstakes entries, nonprofit donations, and more.
Host your own Fundraiser!
If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser, using our new crowdfunding application, please contact Amanda Putnam at aputnam@eblencharities.org. This new program is fun, simple to use and a great way to get your organization involved in helping our local community with needs during these difficult times.

Enhanced Giving Incentives for Taxpayers
Temporary Changes to Charitable Giving Laws

On March 27, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides tax incentives for charitable giving for both individuals and businesses. As you look for ways to help the people we serve, be sure to consider the provisions of the CARES act.

For example, if you itemize your deductions, the adjusted grow income (AGI) limit for cash contributions has been increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2020, you can now elect to deduct up to 100 percent of your AGI (up from 60 percent).

The AGI limit for cash contributions was also increased for corporate donors. Corporations can now deduct up to 25 percent of taxable income (up from 10 percent).

And, if you’re not itemizing, the CARES Act allows for an additional “above the line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300.

These new incentives do not apply to contributions made to a donor advised fund or a supporting organization.

Eblen Charities remains open but has modified operations to abide by the guidelines of social distancing.
As much as possible, case workers - who have remained steadfast in their concern and care for the community - will assist clients via phone, fax and email.
(office phone 828-255-3066, fax 828-255-3775, info@eblencharities.org)

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Susan Riddle
Amanda Putnam
Projects and Events
Eddie Gumm ( Creative) egumm@eblencharities.org
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Contact Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Ann McMinn
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