Ingles and Eblen Charities announce Tools for Schools drive

Press release from Eblen Charities

Eblen Charities is pleased to announce its 15th annual Tools for Schools drive, in partnership with Ingles Markets. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 2 at Ingles Markets at 151 Smoky Park Highway, Asheville. New school supplies will be collected from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at that location, with the support of media partners WLOS-TV and iHeartMedia.

A list of items being collected is below, and financial donations to purchase school items for students can be made by visiting or by visiting our Amazon wishlist. Please text STUDENT to 345-345 to make a donation by text. All funds and school supplies will be given away to support students, teachers, and schools in the Asheville City and Buncombe County school systems as they begin the 2023-24 school year.

Eblen Charities will be distributing these school supplies, at no charge, on Tuesday, August 15 at 52 Westgate Parkway, Asheville. We request that people register for an appointment by visiting and clicking on the Tools for Schools sign up link starting July 15.

We will be collecting new and unused:

Backpacks, binders, rulers, safety scissors, glue sticks, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pocket folders, highlighters, crayons, loose leaf paper (both wide and college rule), composition notebooks, dry erase markers, index cards, erasers, dividers and graph paper.

For more information about back-to-school-supplies, please contact Kathy Soule at or visit our website.

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