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Public Powers Up To Bring Heat To Program


Last updated 11/11/2020 at 4:36pm

Luanne Allgood, the Sharing House's chair of the Power Up! program, collects a donation during the event. (Courtesy photos by Bonnie Jensen)

Even during a pandemic when people's lives are turned upside down, this community came together on Sunday night in a drive-thru event to raise funds for fuel assistance, so that local neighbors will be able to heat their homes this winter.

In two hours, the Power Up! takeout dinner raised $20,000 for the Sharing House home heating program.

Three local faith communities, St. Philip's Episcopal, Unitarian Universalists and Brevard Jewish Community, partnered to provide a COVID-19-compliant event in the parking lot of St. Philip's on East Main Street, Brevard.

A cooking and serving crew wore masks and gloves all day as they prepared a delicious meal in the church kitchen.

Meal deliverers were also masked and gloved, and donations were accepted in a long-handled basket as drivers did not get out of their cars.

The three congregations prepared all the food, as well as providing volunteers for set-up, traffic direction, check-in stations and receiving of donations.

Help was received from Ingles, Blue Ridge Bakery and Bi-Lo in providing the food for 175 meals.

Beth Womble volunteering.

More families are in need this year than most, due to the pandemic and job losses.

The Rev. Shelly Webb, executive director of Sharing House, said that they attempt to provide well over $100,000 for fuel assistance in Transylvania County each winter, and a fundraising event such as this goes a long way toward funding the Power Up! program.

Donations are still being received by anyone wishing to help local families keep warm this winter.

Donations may be made online at, or by sending a check made out to Sharing House (memo: Power Up!) to P.O. Box 958, Brevard, NC 28712.


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