United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Holiday Book Drive
Many local organizations that distribute holiday gifts find that middle school youth often 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. For the sixth year, United Way's Women United, with help from our volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, will collect books for middle school youth and get them to programs serving kids in need. Companies, faith communities and neighborhood groups often find 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.
Shop at Barnes & Noble Asheville and Support Students in Buncombe County
Starting November 1st and running through December 31st, Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Asheville Mall is hosting a book drive so customers can easily donate books to local middle school youth. It's such a simple and needed way to support local students. You can simply purchase the books while doing your holiday shopping, leave them with your cashier at check-out, then we will collect the books at the end of the month and distribute them to commmunity partners and students throughout Asheville and Buncombe County.
You can also drop off new, unwrapped books at our office located on 50 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville. If you do, please drop them off by December 11 so we can wrap them up for distribution. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 239-1033.
Can't make it out to shop? Donate here and we'll do the footwork for you.
Want to help us Wrap the Books? United Way's Women United members and prospective members are invited to a book wrapping party at Highland Brewing's event center December 12. Bring your friends!
Agencies and Schools Helping to Distribute Books
United Way is partnering with a number of organizations to get these books into the hands of local students.
ABCCM Angel Tree
Asheville Middle School
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Club
Enka Middle School
Erwin Middle School
Montford North Star Academy
My Daddy Taught Me That
My Sistah Taught Me That
North Buncombe Middle School
Owen Middle School
Reach Out and Read Carolinas
Reynolds Middle School
96.5 Christmas for Kids
Books The Kids Are Reading...
Your Barnes & Noble Booksellers will be happy to help you pick a great book but we also asked local educators to tell us which books kids (of all reading levels) like to read - here are a few.
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