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Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to reflect on the blessings we have received this past year. During these difficult times, so many here in our community will be facing an empty table on Thanksgiving Day. But thanks to so many wonderful people, companies, and organizations, these families who have struggled so much through these troubled days will be able to enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving with their family and friends. Twelve years ago Eblen Charities had the privilege … Continue reading

Eblen In The News: Eblen Charities Adding More Muscle To “Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving”

The 828 – Once again this year, Eblen Charities’ “Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving” program has enlisted some muscle to help feed local families. This year, former pro-football player and congressman Heath Shuler has teamed up with Beth “The Glamazon” Phoenix, the youngest women ever inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Together, they are helping raise money for Thanksgiving meals for families in Western North Carolina, and working to distribute that food the day before the holiday. A lot of … Continue reading

In The News: Chiquita Makes Generous Donation to Ingles / Eblen Tools for Schools

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Chiquita made a surprise donation Friday to Eblen Charities and Ingles’ Tools for Schools program. Eblen executive director Bill Murdock said the donations are vital because many charities donate supplies in the fall, but they’re needed year round. “Within a couple of weeks, they’re no better off really than they were at the beginning of the year because the paper’s used up, the pencils are used up,” Murdock said. Tools for Schools provides supplies to students … Continue reading

Join Us For This Year’s St. Nicholas Project

The St. Nicholas Project is Eblen’s Most Popular Event Don’t miss out on helping with this year’s Saint Nicholas Project. We began registering families who need help on October 1 and already have more than 1,000 children registered. Eblen Charities is one of the few local organization serving children at Christmas each year through the age of 18. There are Several Opportunities to be Involved: Host a Toy Drop-off Box If your business, organization or school would like to be … Continue reading


HARPER-COLLINS RELEASE SINES A LIGHT ON DEDICATED SELFLESS SERVICE In a tumultuous and ever-changing world, it seems that it is becoming more difficult to find a life of meaning and service that can rise above the noise and distractions of the selfish times in which we live. In that context, Harper Collins / Westbow Press is proud to announce the release of their new book “Find Your Own Calcutta” that shines a light on those who have reached out to … Continue reading

Oak Forest Annual Halloween Event Breaks Record

Halloween may be spooky to some but to the the wonderful children and families in the Oak Forest Community it is one day that everyone looks forward to the entire year. For the past 13 years long-time friends and Eblen supporters the late Jim Hart and his wonderful wife Sara have brought the residents of Oak Forest together to provide a fun and safe Halloween event filled with games, prizes, food, costumes, a parade, among other activities that brings smiles … Continue reading


PROGRAM HELPS ENSURE CHILDREN WON’T GO HUNGRY DURING THE HOLIDAYS We have told this story many times before, but as the holidays are moving quickly upon us it is important that we remember that among the holiday meals, parties, and presents it is all the more important to keep in mind that there are many in our community who won’t be joining us around our Thanksgiving or Christmas tables, or any table for that matter. It started with a simple … Continue reading

Ingles / Eblen Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving to Provide Thousands of Meals Again This Year

To former Congressman and NFL star quarterback Heath Shuler, Ingles Markets, and those involved with Eblen Charities, giving thanks at Thanksgiving means much more than getting together with family and friends and reflecting on the blessings that we are thankful. For them giving thanks means sharing what Thanksgiving is about with the children, adults, and families that Eblen Charities serves in our community. On Wednesday, November 22nd , from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Eblen Charities’ Waddell Client … Continue reading

In the News: Mountain Express -In the In the News: Mountain Express – Eblen Charities Begins St. Nicholas Project Sign Up

EBLEN CHARITIES SAINT NICHOLAS PROJECT BEGINS FAMILY REGISTRATIONS OCTOBER 9th (Asheville, NC) Families in need of help in providing a memorable Christmas for their children this year can begin signing up for the Eblen Charities St. Nicholas Project this Monday, October 9th at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at Westgate. Sign up during regular office hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. “This Christmas thousands of area children will have a brighter Christmas thanks to … Continue reading

In The News:WLOS / Eblen Charities Coat Drive Give-A-Way Begins Wednesday October 25th

(Asheville, NC) With heating assistance beginning in two weeks, Eblen Charities is once again joining WLOS-TV in getting a jump on the cold weather this week with the Fifth Annual Spring Clean Coat Drive Give- A-Way beginning this Wednesday. Last April WLOS and Eblen Charities held its Spring Clean Coat Drive at Ashley Furniture Home Store and Eblen Charities last spring. Thanks to this event and all of the generous folks who brought their coats by during the 16 hour … Continue reading