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TVS Collects, Delivers Food Donations – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 10/21/2020 at 3:22pm

Catherine Tinsley (left) and Kayde Hopkins stand behind the 800 canned items before boxing them up and delivering them to Life Changers Outreach in Pisgah Forest. (Courtesy photo)

During the first two weeks of October, TVS collected over 800 items to donate to the Life Changers Outreach program in Pisgah Forest. This is TVS' largest donation of canned food in recent history.

"The canned food donation was an absolutely overwhelming response," said Life Changers Program Director Aaron Britt. "It is all about community and what we can do to help each other."

The items included boxes of macaroni and cheese, soups and broths, rice and beans, cereals, and much more.

Even as the last day for donations was ending, employees were still showing up with items to donate leaving an exact number unavailable.

Life Changers Outreach is located in Pisgah Forest at the River Church and has been in operation since 2015. These donated items will be use to feed the men and women who are currently housed and enrolled in the program to better their lives.

Life Changers Outreach focuses on helping men and women struggling with various types of bondages or life-controlling issues through Biblical studies, Christian counseling and worship. They offer a non-medical, non-psychiatric approach that focuses on achieving inner-healing for deep rooted issues that are often at the center of addiction.

From now until the end of October, TVS will be collecting slightly worn winter clothing, along with new scarfs and gloves, to donate to the nonprofit as well.

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The event was organized by TVS, Benefits and Recruitment Specialist Catherine Tinsley and TVS Administration Assistance Kayde Hopkins.

"It was so great seeing the employees of TVS come together in just two short weeks to support such a great cause," Tinsley said. "I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing company that gives back to the community. I am excited to see how our next few drives go."

TVS is a not-for-profit, social enterprise food manufacturer specializing in the blending and packaging of dry food and beverage products. Founded in 1967, its mission is to provide meaningful employment, person-centered job training and placement, and a variety of residential and community engagement services for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

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