The Saint Nicholas Project: The Saint Nicholas Project provides Christmas gifts, clothes, food, and other items to children and families in our community to help ensure that their Christmases are a bit brighter and provide hope for the coming year.  In Partnership with Ingles Markets, WLOS-TV, iheart Radio, Asheville-Citizen Times, Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry, the Harley’s Owner’s Group, the Smokey Mountain Toy Run, Friday’s Staffing, Mission Health, Pepsi, the FIRC Group, Two Men and a Truck, and hundreds of other businesses and families.

How the program works: Children from birth to 18, are registered at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center beginning October 1st.  Toys are collected by businesses, organizations, and schools to be distributed in the Ingles/St. Nicholas Toy Store, and through the Ingles Markets Magical Christmas Toy Drive and the Smokey Mountain Toy Run.  Parents who sign up are given an appointment to come back and shop during a two week period the Ingles Toy Store is open.  Parents are able to choose three gifts, stocking stuffers and a book for each child. 

2018 Saint Nicholas Project:

The families we helped this year were so grateful for each person who helped touch their lives this Christmas.

A heartfelt thank you to all of our partners and supporters:  Ingles Markets, Smoky Mountain Toy Run, WLOS-TV, iHeartRadio, Asheville Citizen Times, Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry and Great Smiles, Friday’s Staffing, AvL Technologies, Wicked Weed Brewing, Two Men and a Truck, Pepsi, Toy Run riders, Toy Drive participants, financial contributors, toy store volunteers, Saint Nicholas Steering Committee, toy box drop off volunteers and all the area business collectors, Buncombe County and Asheville  City Schools, area school clubs, the Eblen Charities staff and volunteers and many others!

 This year we collected and distributed more than:

20,000 toys

4,000 books

3,000 stuffed animals

280 Bicycles

More than 4,000 children experienced a joyful Christmas

 1,800 families found the help they needed for Christmas

 Our thanks to the more than 600 volunteers who gave more than 2,000 volunteer hours to help make Christmas possible for those in need.

 We cannot thank you enough for making Christmas bright for so many.

 Warm wishes for a Happy New Year!