Insurance Service of Asheville, Inc. is holding a blanket drive to help keep Asheville warm this winter. In a two-part outreach program, the local, independent insurance agency, in partnership with (ABCCM) and radio station 98.1FM The River, is:
• donating 288 brand new fleece blankets — enough to cover every bed in ABCCM’s network of residential facilities: the organization’s Veterans’ Restoration Quarters and shelters; and
• holding a blanket drive on Thursday Nov. 17 from 7 a.m.-noon 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 for ABCCM’s Crisis Ministry. The public is invited to stop by the morning of Nov. 17, drop off a donation of one or more blankets, and enjoy coffee and treats. 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 year’s drive resulted in the donation of more than 500 blankets.
According to Insurance Service of Asheville President Jim Stickney, “Our company holds this blanket drive to do something practical and tangible for the community during the holiday season. Because we provide coverage for people and businesses in Asheville through our insurance work, the blanket drive is a natural fit. Many in our community can benefit from the donation of this basic necessity. We want, with the public’s help, to assist ABCCM in meeting this common need.” ABCCM is the primary non-profit organization addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care for the under-served in Buncombe County.
For more information about Insurance Service of Asheville’s Winter 2011 Blanket Drive, visit www.isa-avl.com.