Deena C. Bouknight – Contributing Writer
During the week of Sept. 8 through 14, citizens of Macon County will have an opportunity to deposit loose change, cash, and checks into one of about 100 containers located at various businesses, organizations and offices around the county. The funds collected are for Help Homeless Veterans Week.
According to Ned Kraft, a men’s group at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin has for the last six years partnered with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) to donate raised funds to help veterans in various ways, such as motel stays during evenings of severe winter weather, as well as expenses related to clothing, food, medicine, and more.
ABCCM is supported by more than 289 churches of all denominations in Western North Carolina counties. The organization provides emergency assistance to anyone in need. Veterans Restoration Quarters, a 246-bed facility in Asheville, houses homeless veterans for up to a year and teaches life skills.
Kraft, who is not a veteran but is this year’s president of the First Presbyterian Church in Frankin’s men’s group, said, “There are a number of veterans in our group. And we raise funds all year long for veterans. We set up booths at festivals in Franklin to provide information about what we do, and we were able to present a check to [ABCCM] for $7,100 at the end of last year partly because of Help Homeless Veterans Week, which last year raised $1,000, as well as our other fundraising efforts.”