WAMY Community Action is asking the community to donate to help spread the holiday cheer to seniors locked up, living in assisted living or hospice care for the third annual Santa Claus gift drive for the people aged WAMY. In 2020, WAMY (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey) delivered nearly 800 holiday gift bags to seniors as part of the Santa for Seniors program. In hopes of surpassing last year’s goal, WAMY needs your help more than ever.
Newly purchased Santa Claus for Seniors items that are needed include socks with handles, blankets, lotion, lip balms, slippers, word activity books, sugar-free candy, and accessories. ‘winter. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday until December 9 at any of the following locations:
- Boone Police Department, 1500 Blowing Rock Road, Boone
- Go Postal of Boone, 207 New Market Center, Boone
- Peak Insurance Group, 149 Jefferson Road, Boone
- Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, 184 Hodges Gap Rd., Boone
- Avery County Chamber of Commerce, 4501 Tynecastle Hwy. # 2, Banner Momentum
Gifts can also be delivered to any WAMY office:
- 225 Birch Street, Suite 2, Boone
- 496 A Balsam Ave., Spruce Pine
- 723 Cranberry Street, Newland
The Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, and WAMY volunteers will deliver gifts to Santa for the elderly. If community members do not have time to purchase gifts, cash donations are also accepted, which can be sent to WAMY’s office in Boone, 225 Birch St. Suite 2, or click to wamycommunityaction.org.
âWe are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have already received this year for our collection of Santa Claus gifts for seniors,â said Allison Jennings, Director of Development for WAMY. âIn addition to local businesses offering drop-offs, Mast General Store, High Country Connect and AARP-Mountain Region collect and donate gifts. The High Country is coming together to help our elderly neighbors. WAMY appreciates these gifts of love and kindness during this season of giving, âJennings said.
Founded in 1964, WAMY (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey Counties) is a community action agency and was the first non-profit social service organization to come to the High Country Four Counties. WAMY’s mission is to partner with families and communities to provide disadvantaged people with the support they need to become self-reliant. WAMY conducts a community needs assessment every three years and programs are designed around the needs of the community. Currently, WAMY has four programs – Youth Development, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Energy, and Total Family Development. To find out more or make a donation, visit wamycommunityaction.org.
About Community Action Partnerships
America was built on the promise that every family should have a chance to be successful. Yet today’s uneven economy has put a good quality of life beyond the reach of too many Americans. Community Action Partnership is a national 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to community action agencies, who embody our nation’s spirit of hope, change the people’s lives and improve communities. When national, state, and local leaders tap into the experiences of these agencies, they can promote workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity – and make America a better place for everyone to live. Community action stems from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty and the advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Economic Opportunities Act of 1964 created the Community Action Network of national and local organizations that connect millions of children and families. to a greater opportunity.