Safe & Warm/Code Purple

When It’s Cold Outside, It’s Cold Inside

Provide heating assistance, blankets, and more…

Cold Purple
Code Purple

Find Safe Havens: ABCCM’s Code Purple Response

With the rising cost of everything, struggling families are having to choose between heat and groceries. Help them avoid that difficult choice.

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to make a general donation or donate a heat bill. To donate blankets, coats, hats, gloves, socks and handwarmers scroll to the map below for drop off locations.
Help Us Reach Our Drive Goal of $200K
$200,000 – Anticipated cost to shelter and care for those in need this winter.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) annual Safe & Warm drive is underway through March 31, 2024. 

Carolina Furniture Concepts and WLOS annual Safe & Warm Drive is January 26 at Carolina Furniture Concepts, 100 Airport Road in Arden.

Carolina Furniture Concepts will donate $2,000 for every $10,000 donated. The goal is to raise $200,000 to heating assistance this winter, and to collect blankets, coats, gloves, socks, hats, handwarmers for those in need.

Every winter with 29,797 (11.5%) of the Buncombe County population living below the poverty level there is a need to help families and individuals with heating assistance. This year, due to inflation, lack of affordable housing, medical insurance and the lasting economic impact of Covid-19 the need for heating assistance is projected to increase 30+% and there are more Cold Weather Stories to come than ever. During the winter months ABCCM receives an average of 20 calls a day, including from elderly and families with children for heating assistance, and has prevented the shut off of heat for 130 households.

PROGRAM GOAL $200KBecome Part of the Solution

ABCCM recognizes the wonderful volunteers and businesses that help make Safe & Warm a huge blessing for so many people this winter.

“It is an honor to collaborate on the Safe & Warm campaign with all of you. And HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on the amazing fundraising total for the 2023 campaign!”
Anne Smith, College HUNKS
Proud Sponsors of ABCCM Safe Havens and Safe & Warm
Safe Havens & Code Purple

With a total of 80 beds at two facilities designated as Safe Havens, ABCCM has been selected as the lead agency for freezing weather emergencies during the 2023-24 winter season.

Officials with Buncombe County and the City work through the Homeless Coalition to call Code Purple. Code Purple nights occur when temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower, when people are at-risk of freezing to death. The threat is real.

According to the last Point in Time count, there were about 120 unsheltered (men, women and children, including Veterans and intact families).


Drop-off Locations

Drop off your blankets or coats at the following locations. Carolina Furniture Concepts will match $30,000 on January 27th blanket drive day at Carolina Furniture Concepts at 100 Airport Road.

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Donation Total: $25