Make a Middle Schooler Happy: Final Days of the Holiday Gift Drive

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Last year, we held our first holiday gift drive—and we hit a home run, collecting far more items for middle school students than we anticipated. This year, the gift pile looks dismal in comparison. It's not too late for you to help us turn that around, though!

We live in a very generous community and sometimes it can be a challenge to keep up with all of the toy, food, winter clothing and other gift drives this time of year. However, we've noticed that low-income middle school students often fall off the radar when it comes to giving during the holidays. That's why it's so important for your help right now. We've rounded up a list of the most requested items for this age group and want to make it as easy as possible for you to make sure every kid has something to unwrap this year. (Hint: BOOKS TOP THE LIST!)

Members of Women's Leadership Council and their friends plan to wrap items on December 2 so it would be ideal to receive your new, unwrapped gift before that date.

Ways You Can Help Out

  • Drop items off at our office on 50 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. You can also mail items or a check to the same address.
  • Hold a drive of your own for friends and family, at work or your faith community, or anywhere! This is a great way to promote volunteerism around the holidays and make an impact in the life of a middle school student. Print a poster and flyers, then let us know how to get the collected items by emailing or calling (828) 255-0696.
  • Shop at Spellbound Children's Bookshop (50 North Merrimon Ave, Ste 107 at The Lofts at Reynolds Village in Asheville) and enjoy a 15% discount off books purchased for donation.
  • Stop by the gift table at Barnes & Noble (3 South Tunnel Rd, Ste D-8 at Asheville Mall). They'll deliver the gifts directly to us.
  • Donate by credit card online and we'll go shopping for you!

Thank you for your support throughout the year. United Way is about local giving with local impact. With your help, we're advancing the common good by changing the odds when it comes to education, income and health for everyone in our community.

If you have questions, please contact or call (828) 255-0696.

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