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Easter Dinner Food Drive-2020

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Rock Food Pantry will be collecting  Food items and monetary Donations for a special Easter Dinner for our clients. Here is a list of suggested food items to donate: Bag of potatoes, bag of onions, trail mix, raisins, brown sugar, and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, tooth paste and hand soap). Items or donations may be dropped off at Rumple. We will be collecting from Wednesday, February 26th until Friday, April 3rd, 2020.


BR Cares Chili Cook Off Participation, Winterfest Event 2020.

Chili tasting: BR CARES Town Tavern, Staff Brett and Charlene along with Charles Hardin -President of the BR Chamber of Commerce.

Chili tasting: BR CARES Town Tavern, Staff Brett and Charlene along with Charles Hardin -President of the BR Chamber of Commerce.  BRCARES Tim Harris writes: 

Blowing Rock CARES entered the Rotary Chili Challenge at this year’s Winterfest after being away for a couple of years.  We partnered with Town Tavern of Blowing Rock for the chili, thanks to Justin Davis (the owner and one of our new Board members) and Melissa Pickett, wife of former Board member Ray Pickett.  We thank Brett and Charleen, staff at Town Tavern, for serving the yummy chili and jalapeño corn bread, and for doing such a good job of promoting Blowing Rock CARES at the same time.  Many thanks also to volunteers Joanie Shirley, Paul Horton, Sylvia Tarleton, and Mary Hutchens for taking turns promoting Blowing Rock CARES, and to new Board member Jann Kip for taking some photos.  There was a good size crowd for a snowy day.  We raised $265 in cash donations, and Town Tavern made a matching donation in addition to the chili.  I’d say it was a good day for Blowing Rock CARES.




History of Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry

Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry began in November 2009 at Blowing RockSchool by teachers and school staff who saw a need and joined together to establish a Food Pantry for families from their school.  The Food Pantry quickly outgrew the school and were able to grow and expand by moving to their current location at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church.  The Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers from RMPC as well as from the local community.

United Way Grant

Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. was awarded close to $2,700 on March 26 from the United Way. Thank you to all that made this generous grant possible!

Makoto’s / The Rock Charity Golf Tournament

Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. is proud to be a recipient of proceeds from Makoto’s/The Rock Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Shot Start at 8:00 a.m. at Boone Golf Club, 4-Person Teams, Captain’s Choice Format. Entry Fee: $250 per team (4 people). Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Registration deadline with entry fee: Friday, September 19, 2014. Please visit for more information.

Recent Donations

Thank you to William and Gail Sears and the Community Foundation of VA in honor of the Harold and Janice Walker Fund for their recent donations!