Third Edition of Santa Claus for Seniors collects donations from the community | Mountain timetable


BOONE – WAMY (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties) Community Action partnered with Networking Today International-High Country Connect for the third annual Santa Brunch for Seniors on December 9 at 10 a.m. interior of Cupcrazed Cakery.

Brittany Luxton, WAMY’s CFO, won the 50/50 raffle for the event and donated the winnings to the organization.

“I knew coming here that if I won I wanted to donate money,” Luxton said.

Santa Claus for Seniors is her favorite program, she said. In addition to the raffle, NTi and WAMY accepted donations of newly purchased items such as socks, blankets, winter accessories and puzzle word books at the High Country Seniors’ Event. .

“Just giving (the elderly) a gift bag, when you see it, the look on their faces, it’s amazing,” Luxton said.

Luxton said the elderly – an often overlooked population – are her favorite people to work with. The same goes for Heather Ayers, another guest at Thursday’s event.

“My soft spot is for the elderly and I think particularly about this time of year that there is a lot of isolation, so I wanted to come here and offer my support,” said Ayers.

Melissa Soto, Executive Director of WAMY, said the feedback and continued support from people, like that of Santa for Seniors, enables the organization to create new services and programs that benefit the most vulnerable populations in the community. She encouraged guests to complete the WAMY Community Needs Assessment, which continues to be a great resource for understanding the needs of older people in the area.

More Fun Entertainment’s DJ Karl Mohr mixed in holiday tunes, occasionally giving the mic to event sponsors, which included the Boone Police Department, Mast General Store, Peak Insurance Group, the AARP mountain, Boone’s GoPostal, Cupcrazed Cakery and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department. .

Founded in 1964, WAMY is a community action agency and was the first nonprofit human service organization to settle in the Four Counties of the High Country. WAMY’s mission is to partner with families and communities to provide disadvantaged people with the support they need to become self-reliant. WAMY conducts a community needs assessment every three years and programs are designed around the needs of the community. Currently, WAMY has four programs – Youth Development, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Energy, and Total Family Development. To find out more or make a donation, visit


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