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2020 Annual Ingles Tools for Schools Drive

WLOS Asheville/Greenville logo WLOS Asheville/Greenville 8/6/2020 Kristy Kepley-Steward

Another Ingles Tools for Schools fundraiser has wrapped up. 

Every year, News 13 joins forces with Ingles Markets, iHeart Media, Asheville Citizen-Times and Eblen Charities for Ingles Tools for Schools where we collect school supplies for local kids.

"It was wonderful. We had a great turnout. Lots of social distancing and best practices for COVID. We sanitized and wiped down buggies and wore gloves. We had a wonderful turnout. People were very generous,” Eblen Charities' Susan Riddle said.

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On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, we’ll be accepting donations at the Ingles on Tunnel Road from 4:30 a.m.-7 p.m. We’ll also be announcing more store drop-off locations for those who can’t make it out to Tunnel Road that day.

This year Ingles has added barrels at all their Buncombe County stores for people to donate in advance.

The drive this year will be a touchless donation drive with drive-up and team members loading up buggies without anyone getting out of their car. Those items will be taken immediately to a sanitation zone, cleaned, buggy cleaned and immediately loaded onto the Ingles truck to take to Eblen.

Although physical donations seemed to be down from years past, Eblen Charities workers said monetary donations were up.

Not able to make it? Don't worry! You can click here to donate online.

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Some of the items needed are:

  • Rulers
  • Safety Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Two and three Pocket Folders
  • Highlighters
  • Crayons
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Composition Books
  • Notebooks
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Book Bags
  • Whiteboard Dry Erase Markers (Black)
  • Zip-lock Freezer Bags (Gallon, quart, snack size)
  • 5 X 7 note cards
  • Pencil Erasers
  • Hand-Sanitizer
  • Boxes of Tissues

Can't make it to the Ingles on Tunnel Road? No worries, there are a list of stores participating:


7 Leicester HWY

Asheville, NC

915 Merrimon Ave

Asheville, NC

1141 Tunnel Road

Asheville, NC

669 Haywood Rd

Asheville, NC

29 Tunnel Rd

Asheville, NC

550 HWY 9

Black Mountain, NC

499 Weaverville Rd

Asheville, NC

863 Brevard Rd

Asheville, NC

1865 Hendersonville Rd

Asheville, NC

151 Smokey Park Highway

Asheville, NC

2299 US 70 HWY

Swannanoa, NC

575 New Leicester Hwy

Asheville, NC

780 Hendersonville Rd

Asheville, NC

225 Charlotte Hwy

Asheville, NC

301 Long Shoals Rd

Arden, NC

1572 Sand Hill Rd

Candler, NC

140 Weaver Blvd

Weaverville, NC


1980 Asheville HWY

Hendersonville, NC

2901 Hendersonville Rd

Fletcher, NC

6400 Brevard Rd

Etowah, NC

625 Spartanburg HWY

Hendersonville, NC

1705 Brevard HWY

Hendersonville, NC

3338 Boylston HWY

Mills River, NC

220 North Highland Lake Rd

Flat Rock, NC

3643 Howard Gap Rd/US 64

Hendersonville, NC


201 Barber Blvd.

Waynesville, NC

630 Champion Drive

Canton, NC

1670 Brown Avenue

Waynesville, NC


5580 HWY 25/70

Marshall, NC

225 Carl Eller Rd.

Mars Hill, NC


684 North Broad St.

Brevard, NC

Look for the ‘Tools for Schools’ signs near the front of the store. We’ll make sure all the supplies get to your local schools!

How can you help students all year long?

Use The Ingles Advantage™ Card and help your local school. When you make purchases using The Ingles Advantage™ Card, Ingles will give back to the school a portion of those sales. The portion can be used by the school to purchase computers and school supplies.

Link your Advantage Card to your favorite school now!


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