Here’s one way to warm up to the holidays: Help warm someone in need.

The community-led fundraiser Winter Warmer Project, spearheaded by the nonprofit BSG — the organization behind the annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride — is in full effect, with an ambitious goal that grows each year.

The idea behind the project is a simple and necessary one. By donating new or slightly worn coats, blankets, boots, hats and gloves we as a community can help to keep the High Country warm.

But the project doesn’t stop there. Through community fundraising, this year the nonprofit hopes to surpass $20,000 in monetary and physical donations — enough to keep those in need in warmth beyond the Christmas season, when typical fundraising efforts are not as robustly supported.

And while BSG board members scheduled a collection event Saturday, there is still much to be done beyond that initial outreach. Collection boxes can be found at Hair Creations and Keller Williams in Boone, and at SECU in Newland.

For those looking for a bit more information, including how to donate or volunteer, you can reach out to Scott Nelson at any time. Nelson is available by email at or by calling (704) 450-2022.

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