The holidays are right around the corner and Irene Wortham Center needs your help to make this special season merry and bright for the families we serve. For many of us, the holiday season means cherished memories with family and friends, gift-giving, and festive food. However, for families who are economically challenged, the holidays can be especially tough. Many of our parents and guardians are faced with unemployment, uncertain living situations, and mounting medical bills. Working together, we can make sure this upcoming yuletide season is filled with love and hope for our Early Learning Center families.
At the Irene Wortham Early Learning Center, children ages six-weeks to five-years-old, with and without developmental challenges, learn, play and grow in a multicultural setting. The Center currently serves more than 90 children, with 95% living at or below the poverty level. About half of the children are also coping with significant disabilities.
To assist their families, we partner with local businesses and individuals to provide each child clothes and gifts during the holiday season. Elves help by hosting a clothing or toy drive at their school, church, or club, or donating individual items. Gifts are due by December 14, to be distributed to the families in time for Christmas. Items can be dropped off at our Administrative Offices on Rose Street from 8:00-4:30, or anytime at
M & D Tire and Automotive Repair
300 Edbar St (off Sweeten Creek Road)
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Some of the items our children especially cherish include:
Toys and books
Warm Clothes and Coats (sizes 0-6x)
Shoes or boots
You may also help by donating money to help purchase toys for special needs children. Thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season.
828-274-7518, ext 155
THANKS TO THESE ELVES WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP!
Aloft and AC Hotels
Appalachian Landslide Consulting
Asheville Family Fitness
Asheville Home Builders Association
Asheville Savings Bank
Blue Ridge Pharmacy
Colton Groome and Company
Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry
Harry’s on the Hill
Insurance Services of Avl
Kay Jewelers – Asheville Outlets
M+D Tire and Auto Repair
Mountain Ultrasound & Imaging
Stuart Nye Jewelry
TJ Maxx and Home Goods – Overlook Village