Gifts for Middle School Students

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Many local charities that distribute holiday gifts find that middle school youth fall off the radar when people are making their donations. There are many reasons, but one is that this age can sometimes be a little harder to shop for.

United Way Book DriveFor the third year, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, with help from our volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, will collect gifts for middle school youth and get them to programs serving kids in need. Companies: this is a great way to promote volunteerism around the holidays and to make an impact in the life of a middle schooler. Let us know and we'll send you a poster to get your co-workers, friends and family members involved.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair November 28-December 4

For the second year, Barnes & Noble has selected us as a recipient of a Bookfair. From November 28 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) until December 4, a percentage of all sales at brick-and-mortar locations and on will be donated to United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County when you use voucher code 11657244. Since the code is valid at all locations and online, please be sure to share with family and friends. You can even print vouchers with the number on them by clicking here.

Book Drive Through December 31

Throughout the months of November and December, Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Asheville Mall will also host a book drive so customers can donate books to children in need. We'll collect the books at the end of the month and get them to kids in Asheville and Buncombe County. You can help give the gift of literacy by simply visiting the location located on 3 South Tunnel Road, Suite D-8, in Asheville.

You can also drop off new, unwrapped gifts at our office located on 50 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville. If you have questions, please contact or call (828) 239-1032.


So what do the kids need...and want?!?

  • Gift cards for restaurants (Think kid and value friendly!)
  • Store gift cards so they can pick out their own book, music, clothes, etc.
  • Socks, especially athletic socks
  • Winter sporty or dress coats
  • “Glam” kits including nail polish, hair accessories, etc.

Board games, including:

  • Scattergories
  • Balderdash
  • Cranium
  • 5 Second Rule
  • Apples to Apples
  • Loaded Questions
  • Monopoly Empire
  • Quelf
  • Quirkle
  • LOGO Board Game    
  • Battle of Sexes
  • Big Bang Theory

Books, especially:

  • A Song for Bijou
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Amulet (graphic novel)
  • Bone Series
  • Bud, Not Buddy
  • Call it Courage
  • Cirque de Freak
  • Divergent Series
  • Dork Diaries
  • Feed
  • Football Genius Series
  • Hatchet
  • Holes
  • Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Ink Heart Books

Books (cont.):

  • Kira Kira
  • Lockdown  
  • Maniac Magee
  • Mangus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
  • Matched Trilogy
  • Maze Runner
  • North by Night
  • Number the Stars  
  • Okay for Now
  • Out of My Mind
  • Percy Jackson Series
  • Randi Rhodes, Ninja
  • Redwall Series
  • Serafina’s Promise
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak
  • Sounder
  • The Bronze Bow
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Maze Runner Series
  • The Mighty Miss Malone  
  • The Outsiders
  • The Series of Unfortunate Events
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Touching Spirit Bear
  • Warriors Don’t Cry
  • Watsons Go To Birmingham
  • We Beat the Streets
  • Wimpy Kid Series
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Warm Bodies
  • Warriors Don’t Cry
  • Watsons Go To Birmingham
  • We Beat the Street
  • Wimpy Kid Series
  • Any Book By: Christopher Paul Curtis, Sharon Draper, John Green, S.E. Hinton, Lois Lowry, Walter Dean Myers

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