ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, the volunteer behind-the-scenes force which annually spearheads Asheville‘s Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces that it will host a toy drive for New York and New Jersey children affected by the devastating Hurricane Sandy. The drive will take place during the Asheville Holiday Parade along the parade route, Saturday, November 17 at 11:00am in downtown Asheville.
Parade spectators and participants are encouraged to bring new or gently used toys with them to the parade. Folk Heritage Committee volunteers walking alongside the Committee’s float, which is entry #19 in the parade line-up, will retrieve toys for donation from the crowd along the parade route and collect them on the Committee’s float. Look for the large “Shindig on the Green” banner preceding the Committee’s float. Toys for any age group, infants through teens, will be accepted.
The Folk Heritage Committee is researching organizations in NY and NJ that will distribute these toys for the holidays to families affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on October 29. Widespread flooding and damage to households, businesses and infrastructure, plus losses due to business interruption, make Superstorm Sandy one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.
The volunteer not-for-profit Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. For more information or to contact the Folk Heritage Committee, e-mail [email protected], leave a message on the Folk Heritage Info Line at 828.258-6101 x345, or visit www.folkheritage.org.