'Tis the season. "The most wonderful time of the year" as they sing.
But for many, it is a season of distress and failure to live up to the expectations of the commercialized holidays. It is especially hard on kids, who often do not understand the financial struggles that a lot of parents are going through. And that anxiety of knowing that your kids will be disappointed, can weigh heavy on parents.
Those who are not in a position of struggle, are lucky.
I'm proud to be associated with the folks here at Clear Channel Asheville, this year, and got to see some of the good cheer and charity that goes along with this time of the year.
From now until noon Saturday, the entire fleet of Radio Ranchers are set up at Ingle's on Tunnel Road, with vans, tents and a big empty truck trailer. Working along side Ingle's and Eblen Charities for the "Magincal Christmas Toy Drive to benefit Eblen's Saint Nicholas Project."
The Saint Nicholas Project provides Christmas gifts, clothes, food, and other items to the children and families who are in need in our community each year. Thousands of children and their families are able to have a bright and memorable holiday that they may otherwise have been without.
Ingles is responsible for the Ingles Toy Store. This is a magical place where families can actually shop for the Christmas toys of their choice. Qualified families are treated like real customers and the store is decked out in beautiful trees and hopefully loaded with toys. So in addition to helping so many families in the mountains the Ingles magical toy store brings the joy of Christmas giving to families as well.
For every $10 donation or New, Unwrapped toy worth $10 you are entered to win $1000 in gas OR groceries from Ingles.
For Clear Channel Asheville, we are down there live, helping to collect items. And a big hats off to 104.3's Josh and Sue, who are staying there the entire time! Yes, even sleeping there - thanks to an RV donation from Tom Johnson Camping Center. That's right, they are there for the entire 54 hour event, broadcasting live!
It is great to see such support and spirit in the community, and I am proud to be a small part of something that could help make a big difference in so many lives locally.
There is no shortage of love and charitable spirit here, and standing there in the parking lot, looking at the event as it kicked off earlier today was inspiring. Now, all we need it to inspire many more folks to do something small that could have a huge impact.
Remember those in need this - and every - year.
From today's USA TODAY:
Once the FAA drafts its drone regulations, integrating the devices into U.S. airspace could boost the economy by at least $13.6 billion in the first three years and the economic benefit may top $82 billion between 2015 and 2025, the AUVSI estimated earlier this year. It could also create more than 70,000 new jobs, including 34,000 manufacturing positions, in the first three years, the group forecast. In 10 years, it projects 100,000 jobs will be added.
Well... nice to know that I was a day ahead of the news.
It has be seen to be believed. And, crazy though it sounds, at least everyone on the planet except us is coming up with ideas for the future of non-oil, non-nuke energy.
Or maybe Japan just wants to relocate to the moon after they fried themselves in Fukishima.