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Merry Miracles for Local Families

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As the Christmas holiday draws near, families are feeling the pressure of providing gifts for their spouses and children. With 20% of Asheville's population living at or below the poverty level, many are struggling to put food on their table or gas in their vehicles, much less using additional finances to fund Christmas gifts. 

Like with our recent Thanksgiving initiative, AshevilleBlog is reaching out to our community and support those who find themselves struggling or needing additional help this time of year. We want to reach families who may not qualify for other traditional means of support through other local gift giving programs. 

Our mission is to equip a minimum of 100 families with gifts for their children and spouses to ease the burden of holiday costs. In a unique twist, instead of handing out generic age appropriate gifts for children, we want to empower the families and make them a part of the gift selection process. Our staff and volunteers will be setting up a shop and inviting families in during set hours to select and gift wrap gifts for their children - completely free. 

We have set up several donation stations across Asheville where you can drop off items to be set up in our store. Items for children of all ages, including teenagers, are appreciated. We also encourage items such as blankets, candles, movies, and other items that will allow older children or spouses to gift to each other. 

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to allow us to buy items in bulk at a discounted price, you can PayPal money to Ashevilleblog@gmail.com, or contact us to arrange for pickup. 

If you can't contribute otherwise but are interested in volunteering, there will be a signup form available. We need individuals to help run the store, sort items, pick up donations, and do other odd jobs. 

The store will be only open for one weekend during limited hours, and more information will be coming shortly. If you or someone interested in applying to be able to shop for free, please fill out this short application (available soon). The more donations we get the more families we can serve. 

You can find our donation stations at these convenient locations:

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Fantastic Furry Frenzy Adoption Promotion

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Asheville Humane Society is reducing adoption fees to $4.00 for all dogs over 25 pounds and all cats and kittens for their Fantastic Furry Frenzy adoption promotion presented by Prestige Subaru. This deal runs from Black Friday, November 25th through Saturday, November 26th from 10 AM until 6 PM.

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UpCountry Brewing Company to hold Grand Opening Holiday Extravaganza

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John Cochran, owner of UpCountry Brewing Company in West Asheville, announces the brewery’s grand opening. Taking place on December 17, the all-day event includes the release of the brewery’s signature house beers, live music beginning at 4PM, and several food specials from Chef Matt Kovitch beginning at 11am. There is no cover charge. Kid-friendly activities are also planned.

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CATAWBA RELEASES BLACK FRIDAY DUNKEL LAGER

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Something tells us your Thanksgiving dinner conversations may get a bit spirited this year – and that you’ll have worked up a thirst by Black Friday. Catawba Brewing is addressing this need with a new Small Batch traditional Bavarian-style Dunkel Lager (5.3% ABV), available at their three tasting rooms and in limited distribution. Brewed in their Asheville South Slope brewery, this crowd-pleaser is smooth, complex, and remarkably refreshing for a dark beer.
True to style, Catawba’s Dunkel Lager is deep sepia in color with a well-rounded flavor profile, its rich nutty sweetness balanced by a clean dry finish – without the dominant roasted and burnt malt characteristics of porters and
stouts. So, why not treat yourself to a stress-free Black Friday, enjoy a Dunkel Lager, and pick up some Catawba gear as gifts for those friends and family members who inspired you to go out for a post-holiday beer.   

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