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INGLES DELIVERS AGAIN – INGLES FOOD FOR THOUGHT DELIVERS SNACKS TO AREA SCHOOLS

As the school year continues, the staff and volunteers of  Eblen Charities have been working tirelessly to make sure students in our community who may not be able to afford to bring snacks to school would not be left hungry during the day.  Each year more than 100,000 snacks are delivered to area schools in six counties to make sure that no child will be without a daily snack while their classmates were able to bring theirs from home.  The … Continue reading

SECOND ANNUAL HOOPS AGAINST HUNGER HOTEL CHALLENGE ADDS EXCITING OUTREACH TO 2019 INGLES SOCON BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

When you are hungry nothing else matters. That is a simple message that the Heroes vs Hunger programs of Eblen Charities and our wonderful partners have been sharing with our community for more than three years. In that brief time, and in partnership with Arby’s, Ingles, the Brumit Restaurant Group, Pepsi, and others, more than one million meals have been distributed to area children so they would not have to face hunger at home while away from school.  One of … Continue reading

Epilogue: Looking at Lincoln

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right … Continue reading

Winter Heating Help is Still Available

As winter continues, children, adults, and families are still struggling to keep warm as the cold weather ebbs and flows through our mountains.  Eblen Charities began administering the Federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program in partnership with Buncombe County Health and Human Services Dec. 1.  LIEAP is a federally funded initiative that provides a one-time payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.  Currently, households with someone who is 60 years old or older or having anyone who is … Continue reading

As I See It: Don’t Wait for Leaders

There is no doubt to anyone who has ever lived in our community that the people of western North Carolina are as kind and generous as one would find anywhere. We don’t have to look far to find a great number of people and organizations that give of themselves in the service of others. It is in these troubled times that we fortunate to have so many that are willing to reach out to help those in need.But as the … Continue reading

WICKED WEED / BRAD JOHNSON CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC SET FOR MAY 21st at WALNUT COVE

It is a wonderful story that has been told now for thirty years. And that is that is our community’s Eblen Charities started with a simple idea for a small golf tournament and turned into an organization that has touched more than a million lives of  children, adults, and families in need in western North Carolina.   And since that first ball was placed on a tee at Reems Creek Golf Club in the Spring of 1990, Eblen Charities has … Continue reading

HEADLOCK ON HUNGER EXPANDS AS STUDENT NEED FOR FOOD CONTINUES TO GROW

Eblen Charities Headlock on Hunger program has taken to the mat once again this past week as the outreach  has once again expanded to serve more students who are facing hunger at home in our community. With more and more families reaching out for food this winter, Eblen Charities Headlock on Hunger is expanding it’s outreach with Buncombe County schools  in providing food for their food closets. This past week we received a call from Lauren Ward a counselor in … Continue reading

Heath Shuler Wins Prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Longtime friend, supporter, board member, and founder of the Heath Shuler Foundation has been known for many things – husband, father, college and NFL gridiron star, entrepreneur, businessman, coach, congressman, community leader, and philanthropist.    And now as the recipient of one of the most prestigious awards given in the world of sports – the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.  The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of … Continue reading

A Story Not Soon Forgotten

She came into our office on Friday, a young lady in early 20s but look much younger. She walked up to our desk and stood there for a few minutes trying hard to find the words she wanted to say.  “I’ve never had to do this before,” she finally said. “I don’t know what to say but I need help.” She quietly began to tell her story to our volunteer coordinator Mary Ann McMinn.  She explained and she had two young … Continue reading

EBLEN HEATING ASSISTANCE GROWS AS RECORD COLD CONTINUES

This past week certainly made it evident to all of us living in the mountains of western North Carolina that winter is going to be with us for a while.  With the drop in temperatures and cold winds filling our days, the Waddell Client Service Center of Eblen Charities has again seen an increased number of families calling upon us to help them keep warm in these weeks of winter.           Since the first week in November, the staff and volunteers at Eblen have been working tirelessly assisting … Continue reading