‘Stuff the stocking’ event to aid homeless shelter
Tom Joyce Staff Reporter
The holiday season is a stressful time of busy schedules and rushing from place to place, but a weekend event offers a chance to escape while also benefiting a local homeless shelter.
Old North State Winery in downtown Mount Airy will host the “Stuff the Stocking for the Shepherd’s House” gathering Saturday night, featuring live music by the band Phonic 45. It begins at 8 p.m.
“This is the second time we’ve done it,” said the Rev. Phil Goble Jr., the executive director of the homeless facility.
The idea behind the “Stuff the Stocking” evening is simple, Goble said, given all that’s occurring this time of the year. Organizers seek to provide “a holiday hangout, have a good time, enjoy the evening” kind of activity, he explained, where people can relax and listen or dance to the music.
“Old North State Winery is basically donating the space,” Goble said of Saturday’s gathering.
Advance tickets are available for $10 per person, or $15 at the door. A 50-50 raffle also is planned Saturday night, with all proceeds from the ticket sales and raffle benefiting the Shepherd’s House, Goble said.
He said about $2,000 was generated for the facility from the first “Stuff the Stocking” event last year.
In its 10 years of operation, the Shepherd’s House has helped in excess of 1,300 people with more than 35,000 nights of shelter and 108,000 meals. Clients have come from Surry, Stokes, Yadkin, Wilkes and Forsyth counties in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and other states.
Phonic 45, the band that will play Saturday night, is a local-based group specializing in rock, classic rock and blues, according to its Facebook profile. The band — consisting of Chip Kinder, Terry Hill, and Rob May — has performed at a number of area venues, including Old North State Winery.
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