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Quiet Givers Announces 2nd Annual Heat Up the High Country Fundraising Drive for Heating Needs

Quiet Givers is once again holding a Heat Up the High Country fundraising drive to help keep the heat on for struggling families in Watauga, Ashe, and Avery counties.

“This time of year always brings in an influx of heating needs, and local non-profits often struggle to keep up with the sheer volume of need in our area.” Said Executive Director Matthew Lucas. “We want to give people the opportunity to partner with us to help keep struggling families warm now that the weather is turning cold.”

The Heat Up the High Country campaign encourages local people to pledge to donate $5, $10, or $15 a month through April to help fill heating and energy needs. “You can really make a difference in someone’s life for just the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte a month” Lucas said. “Through our partnership with Blue Ridge Energy, WeCAN, and Operation RoundUp, we’re able to purchase fuel at a discounted rate so we can make donations go further. This is a great way to make a real, positive impact on someone’s life.” 100% of funds pledged to the Heat Up the High Country campaign will go directly toward filling heating needs in the area this winter. Last year the program spent $4,093 on heating fuel for local families, including elderly individuals and families with young children. This year the program seeks to raise $5,000 in pledged donations in order to meet the need in the area.

Quiet Givers is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2013 to help fill the gaps in charitable assistance in the High Country by partnering with other local charities and organizations to fill needs that other agencies can’t fill. Its mission is to identify and address areas of frequent need, spinning off other organizations such as the Back 2 School Festival and Western Watauga Food Outreach. Needs are submitted by accredited agencies and filled through crowd- sourced funding, encouraging anonymous giving that changes reality for both the giver and the receiver.

To learn more or to contribute to the Heat Up the High Country campaign, visit www.quietgivers.org.