Bare Essentials is Making a Difference for the Month of February

Making A Difference In The Community For the month of February, Bare Essentials is partnering with Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. to help bring food to those in need. Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. provides food, clothing and other support for children and families in need in the Watauga County area and has evolved into primarily a food pantry housed at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. Their organization is run completely by volunteers and relies on donations and fundraiser events to stock their pantry. You can help out this great organization by rounding-up a few cents with your next purchase. Our Round-Up-For-A-Cause program helped raise over $3000 for local charities in 2013. Let’s see how much better we can do in 2014! Visit the Bare Essentials website at

December 2013 Data Shows Increasing Local Needs

2013_12_dataaRumple Memorial Presbyterian Church members donated 63 pounds of food to the food pantry in December in addition donating donated 31 hours of time to the food pantry. There were 129 Holiday Meal Packs, each weighing 16 pounds. Thank  you to all our volunteers and donors.

Thank You to Recent Donors

Thank you to the numerous donors who have contributed to Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.:

  • First Presbyterian Church of Boone
  • Leslie C. Novilla
  • John & Della Marshall
  • Blowing Rock Woman’s Club
  • Citizens of Blowing Rock/Blowing Rock Community Dinner November 17, 2013
  • Members of Rumple memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Mountainside Lutheran Church of Linville, NC
  • Girl Scout Troop 10396

Snacks for Blowing Rock School Classrooms

brcares_snackes_510The Kilwins-donated tubs around Blowing Rock School school are filled and refilled with snacks for students provided by Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.,which began at Blowing Rock School. Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.’s main mission is now the food pantry open on Mondays at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on Main Street for families in need of food, but remains “connected” to the needs of children at our school.

Girl Scout Troop 10396 Completes Successful Food Drive

girl_scout_10396_510On Monday, November 18, Blowing Rock Girl Scout Troop 10396 assembles around just some of the canned goods they collected thanks to the Blowing Rock School students, families and staff. These canned goods will be used by the food pantry run by Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. According to Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. President Linda Laughter, “The amount of food these Girl Scouts collected will feed 25 families. Thank you so much for your efforts and to the BR school families for their donations!” The class collecting the most items (and winning an ice cream party) was Ms. Searcy’s 1st grade class. Congratulations kids! The next two classes with the most items collected where Ms. Trimble’s 4th grade class and Mr. de la Cerda’s 5th grade class. The number of donations more than doubled in the last week! Thank you to all the students and families — the need for these donations has grown during 2013 and is appreciated so much. Update: approximately 600 pounds of food were collected in this drive!

ASU Fraternities Sponsoring Chili Dinner on November 25th

IFC, which is the governing council for all fraternities on the campus of Appalachian State University, will be hosting a Chili Dinner and canned food drive in November for Blowing Rock CARES!  This will take place on November 25th here in the Student Union.  The cost will be $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.  IFC is also doing a canned food drive the week prio. Update: the Chili Dinner will be from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Blue Ridge Ballroom at the Plemmons Student Union building on the ASU campus.

C.A.R.E.S. Client Data Shows Increasing Need During 2013


Data for 2013 shows a substantial increase in need for food items during 2013. According to C.A.R.E.S. volunteer Alexis Molenda, “Something interesting to note is the reduction in children served for September, while the number of adults served continued to increase.  One possibility is the children returning to school and receiving free or reduced breakfast and lunch.” Additional information available as pdf graphs: 1) Children versus Adults Served during 2013, 2) Families Served Per Month during 2013, 3) Cumulative Total Clients Served during 2013 and 4) Adult/Child Clients Served Per Month during 2013.