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The Hendersonville Family YMCA’s volunteer-led Togetherhood™ group is collecting donations for Mainstay of Henderson County until Dec. 18. Volunteers are gathering and delivering baby supplies, household goods, paper products, and women’s hygiene products for Mainstay, which helps local victims of domestic violence acquire the information and skills needed to take control over the decisions affecting their lives.
Togetherhood™ is a nationwide YMCA program that promotes community involvement by inviting Y members to plan, lead, and join in volunteer service projects that benefit the communities where they live. The Hendersonville Family YMCA Togetherhood™ program started this year, and the donation drive is the committee’s first service project.
“We selected Mainstay for our first project because we want to help the women and children who have to leave their homes and are in great need of support,” said YMCA members and Togetherhood™ committee co-chairs Margaret and Ed Cole.
Tanya Blackford, executive director of Mainstay, said, “The amazing things that are happening at Mainstay could not be possible without the generosity of this community. Individuals, groups, companies, and partnerships like YMCA’s Togetherhood™ make it possible for everyone to be a part and invest in Mainstay’s mission: creating hope, healing lives, changing community.”
The donation drive began Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 18. Contributions are welcome from the entire community, not just YMCA members, and can be dropped off at the Hendersonville Family YMCA, located at 810 West 6th Avenue.
The North Main Street merchants, located in the 500 and 600 block of North Main Street, are making Christmas shopping easier more pleasurable this year. A greens market will offer greenery, wreaths and Christmas trees for sale at Dad’s Collectibles on the corner lot of 6th Avenue and Main Street. There will even be an elf on hand for photo ops and candy. Catch the spirit and good cheer of the holidays by listening to carolers singing seasonal favorites, (see the schedule listed below). The public is invited to participate in a sing along. The musical entertainment can be found in front of the American Gas Station on the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street. Several of the merchants are offering seasonal specials with a “North Pole Pass”. Specials include discounts, as well as complimentary items with purchase. There is even a 20% discount at the Econolodge Hotel. The passes will be available at the Visitor Center, 201 South Main Street, and an Elf will be strolling down Main Street handing them out to lucky shoppers. The passes are valid from December 10-23, 2015. The inspirational Four Seasons Compassion for Life Tree of Lights will be on display in front of the First Citizens Bank Plaza on the Southwest corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street. There are many reasons to come “North” this holiday. Plenty of parking is located nearby. North Main Merchants – Holiday Music Schedule 6-8 PM (6th & Main) Friday, Dec. 4 - Kaleo Wheeler – A Hawaiian Christmas – musical storytelling Saturday Dec. 12 - Jayce Langford - Christmas at the Keyboard - vocal Friday, Dec. 18 – Stepchild – Classic and rockin Christmas Saturday Dec. 19 – Doug Dye - Classic Christmas Note: Mr. Dye Will be singing from 3-5 PM