For thousands of families and their children in our community, the Christmas season doesn’t begin in the pre-dawn hours of “Black Friday” or the early sales on Thanksgiving evening.
For them, Christmas begins with the kindness of countless families, companies, organizations and individuals who generously volunteer and donate toys and dollars to the Eblen Charities St. Nicholas Project. This year, Eblen Charities is again honored and privileged to be joining two events this week that have become as much of a tradition in our mountains as the “Jolly Old Elf” himself.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Eighth Annual Ingles Magical Christmas Toy Drive will begin its three-day event in partnership with Star 104.3, ABC News 13, My 40, News Radio 570 AM WWNC, Eblen Charities, 97.7 The Brew, Rock 105.1, The Revolution 880 AM, and iHeartMedia Asheville, and will once again help provide gifts to thousands of children and bring excitement, bright eyes, and happy faces on Christmas morning.
The event will be held at the Ingles at 29 Tunnel Road (across from Outback) and will begin on Thursday, Dec. 5, and run through the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 7. Other iHeartRadio stations, along with WLOS TV, will be broadcasting the toy drive that will bring a Merry Christmas to thousands of families in our community.
Hours for the Toy Drive are Thursday, Dec. 5, 4:30 am to 8:00 pm; Friday, Dec. 6, 8:00 am until 8:00 pm; and Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
New, unwrapped toys and monetary donations will be accepted for the Saint Nicholas Project during the drive and the entire Christmas Season at Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center in West Asheville and also can be dropped off at hundreds of locations around our community. Last year, the Saint Nicholas Project provided Christmas gifts, clothes, food, and other items to nearly 4,500 children and their families who are in need in our community. Thanks to the generous sponsors, donors, staff, and volunteers, thousands of children and their families are able to have a bright and memorable holiday that they may otherwise have been without.
For more information on the St. Nicholas Project, please contact Bill Murdock at Eblen Charities at 828-242-2848 or via email at [email protected].