Citizen-Times Report Card: "A" to WLC

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Women's Leadership Council recently completed the second annual Holiday Gift Drive. More than 550 books and 150 games, educational toys, and gift cards were collected for middle school students in Asheville and Buncombe County! Mission Health took notice and awarded WLC an "A" grade on Asheville Citizen-Times' weekly report card.

Hunger Games Asheville Gift Drive Middle SchoolFrom the article:

A to the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County for a very successful Holiday Gift and Book Drive benefiting middle school students. By the culmination of the drive, WLC members wrapped 550 books and 113 gifts, which were given to local programs serving kids in need. Many organizations distributing holiday gifts find that middle school youth fall off the radar when people are making their donations, so targeted efforts like these can be a real help. The success of this drive was made possible due to the generosity of so many individuals, local businesses and, especially, the incredible support provided by the Barnes & Noble on Tunnel Road. This project is just another shining example of the great work the Women's Leadership Council does on a regular basis. In its second year, WLC membership has already grown to 160 members and expects to raise more than $247,000 this year alone. In addition to their financial generosity, members volunteer throughout the year, including as mentors to girls at Enka Middle School. We all have a stake in making sure that today's youth grow up strong. The best thing we can do is to get them off to the right start, with a great education. Kudos to United Way's Women's Leadership Council for taking the lead.

Jerri Jameson, Mission Health Public Relations Manager

Of course, we agree with the grade! Thanks to everyone who participated in the Holiday Gift Drive. To view a gallery of WLC's gift wrapping party, click here.

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