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Operation Santa

Operation Santa Arc of Buncombe County


Christmas is just around the corner so its time
to Kick-off  our 2013 Operation Santa!

It’s 50 degrees outside and most of us are thinking of turkey and dressing, pumpkin or sweet potato pie and the changing leaves, but the elves at Operation Santa are thinking ahead!
They have gathered together to kick-off their annual holiday gift drive for local children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
With the help of Debbie Pressley, Beth and Dick Welch, Lynn Matheson, Alfred and Shirley Whitesides, Barbara Pettigrew, Doreen Peterson, Jay Swain, other elves, volunteers and staff from The Arc of Buncombe County, we are well into making holiday wishes come true!
Supporters can make a tax-deductible donation and let The Arc do the shopping, or they can sign up and be given a name and a wish list. The gift requests come from families, group homes, and agencies. Gifts are collected and delivered just before Christmas. Over the last 15 years Operation Santa has provided for thousands of children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who have little family or financial support.
Debbie, who cuts hair when she’s not being an elf, says “By starting early we avoid the stress of December. We can help more clients and take advantage of sales, making the donations go even further.”  Debbie says “Helping make the clients happy is my passion.” To the idea of providing even more gifts this year, she gives a very hearty “Ho, ho, ho!”.
Avoid the December rush and kick off your Christmas spirit early! The Arc of Buncombe County Executive Director Terry Bellamy says, “Operation Santa reminds us of the joy of generosity and love, all year round.”

To be a part of it call 828-253-1255, or email moreaboutthearc@arcofbc.org

To become a member of The Arc  click on the PayPal button now, come by The Arc’s office at

147 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, or mail your membership or donation to

The Arc of Buncombe County, P.O. Box 1365, Asheville, NC 28802

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         For More Information: Contact (828) 253-1255.

Click here learn about our programs and events, our 50 year history in the area, and how you can get involved.

Click here if you are in need of services.

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