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'Christmas in the Mountains: Vol. 3' now available

Article Published: Oct. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
'Christmas in the Mountains: Vol. 3' now available

By Melanie Marshall

Musicians have once again donated their time and talents in the Christmas spirit to benefit the Health and Hunger Coalition. Christmas in the Mountains Vol. 3 is now available at 72 locations across the High Country for the same price as previous two years of $10.

The CD features the music of Amantha Mill, Todd Wright, Jeff Little and Friends, Diana and Sarvis Ridge, Strictly Clean and Decent, Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church Choir, Bob and Ellie, Sharon Mitchell, Ruth and Steve Smith, Helen White, Joe Shannon, The Kingston Trio and Jessica Presnell.

The proceeds of the CD sales benefit the HHC initiative to end childhood hunger in the High Country.

"Our goal this year is to raise $35,000. In this kind of economy, I know that is an ambitious number," said Leslie Shavell, project coordinator. "However, so much more is needed to help those folks who used to be working and were productive citizens, and now can not even afford to buy food and medicine."

Many of the victims of the economy are the children of struggling families, Shavell said.

The HHC has allocated funding to double the food provided to families with children under the age of 18.

"The number of clients we are working with is unprecedented," said HHC executive director Compton Fortuna. "One in seven children in North Carolina goes hungry every day. The effects of childhood hunger are immediate and long term."

The HHC has already raised $11,000 in pre-sales of the Christmas CD.

For more information or to make a donation, call HHC at (828) 262-1628. The CD is available for sale on the Web site at

The organization has launched a second initiative in connection to ending childhood hunger to provide items to mothers who cannot afford to take care of their children. Products that will be made available to them include baby food, formula, children's vitamins, and OTC medicines made just for children. Any one in the community who knows sources of these items is asked to call HHC at the number listed above.

Retail locations for
Christmas in the Mountains: Vol. 3
Apple Hill Farm
BB&T Bank
Bank of Granite
Bare Essentials
Black Bear Books
Bless Your Heart
Blowing Rock Market
Blowing Rocket
Blue Moon Guitars & Music
Bob Timberlake
Boone Drug
Cafe Portofino
Carriage Trade Antiques
Changes Salon
Cheap Joe's Art Supply
Chetola Resort
Christopher's Wine and Cheese
Conrad's Coffee Company
Cornerstone Bookstore
Cornett-Deal Christmas Tree Farm
Dulcimer Shop
Earth Fare
Everything Scottish
Framing by Lori
Fred's General Mercantile
Glidewell's Restaurant
Green Mother Goods
Harkin's Insurance Agency
Health and Hunger Coalition
Kilwin's Ice Cream
Mast General Store
Maw's Produce
Meadowbrook Inn
Mike's Inland Seafood
Monkee's Shoes
Mother Nature's Produce
Mountain Bagels
Mountain Home Music Shows
New Lifestyles Carpet
Pleasant Papers
Poppys by Design
Rumple Presbyterian Church
Rydell Music Center
Shoppes at Farmers Hardware
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Stick Boy Bread Company
Summit Realty
Tanner Factory Store
University Book Store
Valle Country Fair
Wachovia Bank
Watauga Women's Center
Western Carolina Eye Associates

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