Community Giveback Christmas Party set for Friday

MIKE CONLEY/MCDOWELL NEWS

The 2017 Community Giveback Christmas Party will be held Friday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Blanton Family Ministry Center at the First Baptist Church of Marion. This event is hosted by the Crooked Door Coffee House with donations from local businesses. All proceeds will go to help McDowell Mission Ministries. Crooked Door owner Rachel Withrow (left) and Mission Executive Director Sabra Rock said the idea behind this event is do something that will give back to our local community during the Christmas season.

For the fourth year, the Crooked Door Coffee House is inviting other local businesses and the public to give back to the community for Christmas.

The 2017 Community Giveback Christmas Party will be held this Friday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Blanton Family Ministry Center at the First Baptist Church of Marion. This event is hosted by the Crooked Door Coffee House with donations from local businesses.

And this year, the event will raise money for McDowell Mission Ministries, our local homeless agency.

Crooked Door owner Rachel Withrow told The McDowell News that this will be the fourth year for this event. The first two were held at the Crooked Door. Last year’s event took place at First Baptist in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marion.

The idea behind this event is do something that will give back to our local community during the Christmas season.

At the Community Giveback Christmas Party, you will be able to enjoy a meal of a soup and a sandwich for just $5. There will be different types of soups donated by local restaurants and various kinds of sandwiches that have been donated too. Likewise, the meal will have an array of desserts that have been donated for this event.

“It’s a simple meal but it goes over really well,” said Withrow.

During the giveback party, there will be raffles for numerous prizes that have been donated by local businesses. Lots of gift baskets and gift certificates will be raffled off Friday evening. A raffle ticket costs $2 and the drawing will take place at the end of the evening.

Withrow said around 40 to 50 different businesses have contributed something for this event.

“We’re reaching every end of the county and outside the county,” she added. “There will be lots of prizes for people to win. Just a good time.”

Music will be provided by AshevilleFM’s DJ Cousin TL.

The goal behind all of this is to help McDowell Mission Ministries. All of the proceeds will go to the ministries’ Friendship Home for Women & Children on Fleming Avenue and the John Thompson Center for Men on State Street.

“We’re supporting a non-profit that does so much for us,” said Withrow. “I want people to see what they are doing.”

Sabra Rock, executive director of McDowell Mission Ministries, said she was thrilled when Withrow called and told her about this idea. “She makes it about other people,” said Rock of Withrow. “She draws other people in.”

This year, McDowell Mission Ministries has served 297 men, women and children. Rock said those people probably don’t realize how much Withrow has done to help them and keep the mission going.

During the party, more information will be given out about McDowell Mission Ministries and what it does here.

All donations are welcome. Withrow and Rock said they will need volunteer to help out for Friday evening. Anyone wanting to make a monetary donation should make it out to McDowell Mission Ministries.

Furthermore, there are collection boxes at various locations now where people can drop off items for the two shelters. The Community Giveback Christmas Party is collecting pillows, towels, blankets, toiletries, baby wipes and other similar items. These collection boxes are located at the Crooked Door, Mr. Bob’s Do-Nuts in Old Fort, MACA, the First Baptist Church and 828 Hybrid.

“We’ve got quite a few locations,” said Withrow.

For more information or to donate, email Rachel Withrow at rachelwithrow@gmail.com.

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