ASHE COUNTY —The Ashe County Sharing Center will be partnering with local businesses on Tuesday, Dec 1 for “Giving Tuesday,” an internationally recognized day dedicated to giving back to local organizations the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
According to Kelly Vannoy, chairwoman of the board at the Ashe County Sharing Center, charities, families, businesses, and students around the world will come together on Dec. 1 for one common purpose —to celebrate generosity and to give.
“Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for our community to come together and have a collaborative impact,” Executive Director Michael Sexton said. “The reason we come together is around one issue, and that issue is hunger.”
In Ashe County, local businesses will be donating a percentage of their sales in support of the Sharing Center’s four sponsored pantries.
“Together the community will have a collective impact in helping to alleviate hunger at one of the most important times of the year, which is around the holidays,” Sexton said.
According to Vannoy, many people ask her what they can do to help the Sharing Center and she says Giving Tuesday is a good start.
Shop local, give local
While Giving Tuesday will benefit the Sharing Center, it is also designed to encourage people to shop local.
“It encourages people to shop locally and the money will be used to support local missions here in Ashe County,” Vannoy said. “We couldn’t do what we do here at the Sharing Center without our community support.”
According to Sexton, the willingness of businesses in Ashe County to donate to the Sharing Center speaks great lengths about the impact the outreach ministry has had on the community.
“I think it is validation of our work here,” Sexton said. “It’s a validation of the importance of the Sharing Center and it’s outreach ministry here.”
Currently, 20 businesses have signed up to participate, but Vannoy hopes that number will double.
Downtown West Jefferson’s Petal Pushers is one business planning to donate a portion of their sales to the Sharing Center for Giving Tuesday.
According to co-owners Phyllis Furches and Linda Stanley, this is their way of giving back to the community.
“It breaks my heart that people here in our county don’t have the things they need and people are living in conditions like they are,” Furches said. “Anytime we can help our community we should and if we don’t, shame on us.”
Both said they would be interested in volunteering with the Sharing Center whenever the holiday season, the busiest time for their store, ends.
“People bless us by coming in and we have to give back. Let’s pass it on and pass on these blessings to others,” Furches said. “This is a way we can share with our neighbors.”
Other participating businesses include: Shatley Springs Uptown, the Wine Shop, Pretty N’ Pearls, Mountain Outfitters, Parsons Farm Supply, Artists Theatre, Parkway Theatre, Ashe County Cheese, Amish Furniture, The Honey Hole, The Art of Oil, Jefferson Florist, Jim’s Corner, Libby’s, Jefferson Drug, Blevins Building Supply, Mountain Grocery, When Pigs Fly and McDonald’s.
Any Ashe County business is invited to participate. For more information or to sign up, contact Sexton or Vannoy at 336-846-7019.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.