Insurance Service of Asheville seeking blankets and warm clothes for sixth annual Toasty drive, Nov. 19

From event organizers

Press release

WHO: Insurance Service of Asheville and ABCCM with support from 98.1FM The River

WHAT: Toasty: Blanket & Winter Wearables Drive

WHERE: Corner of College and Charlotte streets, Executive Park parking lot

WHEN: Thursday, November 19, 2015 • 7am – 1pm

BRING: New or clean, gently used blankets, coats, hats, scarves and gloves

RECEIVE: Hot coffee, donuts, PLUS breakfast treats from ISA staffers

Insurance Service of Asheville, Inc. is holding its 6th annual “Toasty” drive on November 19, 7am until 1pm, to help keep Asheville warm this winter, collecting blankets plus winter wearables such as coats, hats, scarves and gloves.

The local, independent insurance agency, in partnership with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry and radio station 98.1FM The River, is holding the drive in the parking lot of its offices at Executive Park at the corner of College and Charlotte streets to collect new and clean, gently used blankets and warm clothing for ABCCM’s Crisis Ministry. The public is invited to stop by the drive, drop off a donation of one or more blankets or winter wearables, and enjoy coffee, donuts, and home-baked breakfast treats from the ISA staff. Staff from ABCCM, Insurance Service of Asheville, and 98.1FM The River’s live remote team will be on hand for the blanket drive.

Last season’s “Toasty” drive filled ABCCM’s donation truck with blankets, coats, hats and more — this year ISA hopes the drive will net even more to help the Crisis Ministry.

“Remember when your Momma said, ‘don’t go outside without your coat on?’ Help our children and neighbors have a warm coat this winter so they are healthy and warm,” says ABCCM Executive Director Scott Rogers. “ABCCM hopes everyone will join ISA in caring for our neighbors in need.” ABCCM is the primary non-profit organization addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care for the under-served in Buncombe County.

According to Insurance Service of Asheville President Jim Stickney, “Our company’s annual ‘Toasty’ drive is a way for us to meet a tangible need in our community as we near the holiday season. Because we provide coverage for people and businesses in Asheville through our insurance work, the annual ‘Toasty’ drive is a natural fit. We want to engage the community in assisting ABCCM with these basic necessities.”

Insurance Service of Asheville is Asheville’s largest, locally owned, independent insurance agency. Since 1958 ISA has provided insurance and benefits for people, businesses, organizations and institutions through a comprehensive offering of insurance lines and life, health and employee benefit plans.

For more information about Insurance Service of Asheville’s “Toasty” blanket and winter wearables drive, visit

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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