It’s a notion heard time and time again as the last few weeks of the year wind down into a chaotic frenzy of last-minute shopping lists and panic over the perfect present: December is the season for giving.
But don’t be overwhelmed by the seasonal spirit. Xpress has compiled a list of a few opportunities for giving back to local residents — of all species — this holiday season.
Donations for Kids
Give a child the gift of a good read: Through its annual Giving Tree program, City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, will offer a 20 percent discount on books for children in need.
Eblen Charities will accept toys for the Ingles Toy Store at Westgate Shopping Center through Christmas Eve as part of the Saint Nicholas Project. You can find a full list of the many drop-off locations at eblencharities.org.
Bikes for Kids will collect new and gently used bicycles for children in Buncombe and Madison counties through Saturday, Dec. 21. Drop-off locations are Weaverville Tire and Wheel, 183 Old Mars Hill Highwa,y and Fast Lane Auto Sales, 318 Weaverville Highway.
Animals in Need
WCQS will collect bagged or canned animal chow for Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Donations can be brought to the station’s office at 73 Broadway.
Donations for homeless animals can also be made to The Animal Hospital of North Asheville, 1 Beaverdam Road. Canned or dry food, blankets, toy or monetary donations will be accepted.
Do Good With Good Food
Loving Food Resources invites volunteers to bring some sweetness into the lives of HIV/ AIDS patients and others in home hospice. The organization is asking for cookie donations to fill 200 gift boxes for its clients. Donations can be brought to Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road, on Friday, Dec. 20.
And don’t forget, there’s still time to grab a tasty snack for a good cause: Eight Days of Food Trucks, where one food truck per day donates a percentage of profits to Buncombe County Service Foundation to support children in foster care, will continue through Dec. 20. Visit the Bom Bus on Dec. 18, El Kimchi on Dec. 19 or Taste and See on Dec. 20 to participate.
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