Press release from Ingles Markets:
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 153 Smokey Park Highway in Asheville, N.C. near the recently redesigned Smokey Park Highway Ingles Store #031, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) will be receiving a ceremonial key from Ingles to open ABCCM Christmas Angel Shop for 2020. Ingles is donating their space for ABCCM to fill the Christmas wishes of hundreds of children whose families come to ABCCM’s four Crisis Ministry centers for assistance. Ingles Timothy Barrett will present the ceremonial key to ABCCM Executive Director, Rev. Scott Rogers.
Last year, 299 families and 697 children were sponsored for Christmas through the Christmas Angel Program. These are families are going through a difficult time and in financial crisis. They came to ABCCM for help with rent or utilities, clothes and food, during the year; and at this time of year, they are helped with Christmas presents for their children. Thanks to Ingles for donating this same space last year, we had a place to serve families in need and can again this year.
Families are sponsored for Christmas through individuals, businesses and churches who take families’ wish-lists and purchase presents for specific children. The Christmas Angel Shop also sponsors families through toy drives that are done throughout the community in businesses, restaurants and churches. Some people also donate money to the program. Through these various ways of sponsoring families, everyone who comes to ABCCM in need for this help is sponsored. We appreciate Ingles generosity for helping accomplish this for the needy in our community.
Christmas Angel applications will be received now through the first two weeks of December at all four ABCCM Crisis Ministry locations: 24 Cumberland Ave. Asheville, N.C. 28801, 1914 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler, N.C., 28715, 10 Buck Shoals Road, Arden, N.C. 28704, and 403 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville, N.C. 28804. If you wish to sponsor a child or donate new toys, new clothes, and other Christmas items, go to abccm.org/Christmas-Angel-2020.