How to Give Back This Thanksgiving in Western North Carolina

We have so many reasons to be thankful living in Western North Carolina: breathtaking mountains, endless outdoor recreation, and top quality food, drink, art and more thanks to inventive and creative entrepreneurs and makers. So in this holiday season of giving, we wanted to round up a few ways you can give back to our community and region, including our Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade.

1. Mast General Store Coat Collection

"From Nov. 1-30 is hosting the 14th annual Share the Warmth coat collection drive. Bring in a new or gently used coats, fleece, jacket, sweater + other outerwear (scarves, blankets, gloves, hats, etc.) which will then be donated among the community."

2. Donate to Western Carolina Rescue's Week of Thankfulness

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries (WCRM) will hold a week long celebration in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Each day of this week there will have a specific theme and giveaway
for the general public during dinner service. Services will be held Monday 19th - Friday 23rd from 4:30pm - 6:00pm in the WCRM dining room. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jessica May (828)254-1529 or Donations can be made at

3. Holiday Gift Drive for Enka Middle and Enka Intermediate

"Help support students in need during the holidays at Enka Middle and Enka Intermediate! We are looking for folks to sponsor a student (or students) this holiday season. For each student, we will be asking the sponsor to provide one pair of shoes, a shirt and pair of pants, and one fun item ($50-$100 total per child). Once you express interest, we will get you the information about sizes and the students' interests. Please, no used items.

Please sign up by November 19 and plan to have your gifts to Enka Middle School by December 3. Thanks!" via Hands On Asheville.

4. Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade

And last but not least, we are collecting funds to deliver full Thanksgiving dinners to Black Mountain families in need. We've received generous donations already from several folks including Paul Allen, Holly Askew Lindsey of Keller Williams Black Mountain, Jennifer Ames, and Joan Hall Weaver. Please join us in helping feed as many families as possible! Donations accepted at our Black Mountain office, 100 W. State Street, or through PayPal at through November 19.