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Choose to give during the Holidays!

In the coming weeks, News 13 wants to encourage you to take the time to make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate. There are many in our community without food, heat, or a coat to call their own. There are also many children and adults who won't have a Christmas and would be happy to receive just one gift or a simple visit to keep them company. There is no shortage of amazing local non-profits in our area that would appreciate your helping hand. If you don't know where to start you can start here!

If you know of a non-profit not listed that could use help with a Christmas or New Year's project email the information to Estee Felten at

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Donate your time - Sometimes the best gift is time spent with those in need.

  • The Salvation Army's Christmas Dinner: Help feed over 300 people in need on Christmas Day at the Center of Hope in Downtown Asheville. If you're not available on Christmas you can always volunteer to be a Salvation Army Christmas Bell Ringer.

  • Eliada's Christmas Party: Elida needs helping hands to put on a Christmas party for the children and families it serves. It's a great opportunity to volunteer as a group or donate food, decorations, & crafts. You can also sponsor one of the children and purchase gifts on their wish list.

  • Manna Food Bank: The holidays means extra donations which make great opportunities for you to donate your time to sort & box food that will be distributed to families in need this winter season.

Donate a gift - make Christmas a little brighter by donating a gift.

  • Meals on Wheels' Santa for Seniors Project: Help put together shoe boxes filled with holiday presents for our elderly neighbors.

  • Eblen Charities Saint Nicholas Project: Make sure every child in Buncombe County wakes up to a present under the tree this Christmas. Families can pick out specific toys at the Ingles Toy Store set up at the Westgate Mall. You can also donate a coat to help keep them warm.

  • Irene Wortham Center: Adopt a child with special needs served by the Irene Wortham Center. Extra costs that include therapies, medications, & other expenses often prevent families from having a Christmas. Your donation will go a long way in making the holiday merrier! Call 274-7518 X103 for more information.

  • Ingles Giving Tree: Help ensure families in need have enough to eat during the holidays. Donate non-perishable food at the Ingles Giving Tree located in the Asheville Mall. All the food will go to Manna Food Bank.

  • The Arc of Buncombe County's Operation Santa: Participate in Operation Santa and provide a gift to children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities served by Arc in Buncombe County.

  • WNC Toys for Tots: Join in the effort of our local Marines and help underprivileged children all across Western North Carolina by donating a toy.

  • Salvation Army Angel Tree: Head to the Asheville Mall to pick a child to sponsor of the Angel Tree. The tree is located near the Barnes & Noble entrance and not far from Santa!

  • Western North Carolina Aids Project: Donate to a gift for children in the WNC region who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Your gift would mean so much!

Donate funds - cash can go a long way in purchasing needed goods or services.

  • ABBCM: Support the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry by purchasing Honor Cards for a $5 donation. 100% of the proceeds go to provide services for the ABCCM Homeless ministry.

  • Eblen Charities Heating Assistance Program: Help keep families in need warm this winter season by donating funds that will go towards helping with overwhelming heating costs.

  • Pardee Hospital Foundation: Make a donation supporting Pardee's Pediatric Fund and brighten your child's holiday in the process! In exchange for a $10 donation, Pardee will send your child a personalized letter signed by Santa himself! You can also make a general donation to provide flu shots, mammograms, or prenatal visits to those who can't afford it otherwise.

  • Brother Wolf Animal Rescue: Help animals and get ready for the new year by purchasing a 2014 fine art calendar that features rescue dogs & highlights the unique character of Asheville. It's just $20 and every cent goes to Brother Wolf!

  • Hearts With Hands: Make a monetary donation and it will help Hearts with Hands meet the physical, spiritual, medical, and economic needs of so many in our local community, as well as help with their relief efforts around the world!

  • Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc.: As you reflect on what's really important over the Holidays, please consider a donation that will help at risk children in our area. What a better gift than helping children live a safe, healthy life, free from abuse with the opportunity to reach their potential. Donate on-line or at their office: 50 S. French Broad Ave, Asheville.

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