The High Country Charitable Foundation is launching a coat drive to benefit folks in Avery County.

According to their website, there are 2,700 people in Avery, of whom at least a quarter are children, that do not have adequate food, much less warm winter clothing.

The Foundation is encouraging donations of new coats/jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and any additional items that would help keep folks warm through the worst of the winter months.

Your donations can be dropped off at Engel and Volkers, 610 Banner Elk Hwy, Banner Elk, Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Banner Elk Winery, 60 Deer Run, Banner Elk, daily 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Feeding Avery Families, 508 Pineola St, Newland, Monday 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please drop off your new items by January 12th. Any donations after the deadline should be taken to Feeding Avery Families only.

To follow the coat drive kick off there will be a Chili Cook Off at The Banner Elk Winery on Sunday, January 12th, from 3:00-6:00 PM. including food, live music, wine tastings and Smore’s around the campfire.

Find out more by contacting Elizabeth Hempfling at (828) 773-8431, or visit  

The High Country Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a vision to help the Avery County, NC community by providing for neighbors and animals in need