Lake Toxaway Charities

God’s Way Food Pantry – December 12th Distribution

Over 215 people were served yesterday, December 12th, at Gods Way, a food pantry, in Balsam Grove. Lake Toxaway Charities is pleased to collaborate with God’s Way Food Pantry and their efforts to keep food on the tables of our neighbors, year around, but especially during the holidays. The generosity of Lake Toxaway Charities’ donor’s financed the distribution of the Christmas hams, to help our neighbors have a festive Christmas meal.

2020 Year in Review

A Letter from our Co-Chairs

December 1, 2020

Dear Lake Toxaway Neighbor,

We deeply appreciate your 2020 contributions to Lake Toxaway Charities (LTC) and hope you will help us meet our ultimate 2020 goal of more than one million dollars by supporting our annual “end-of-year” donation request. Year to date LTC raised an astounding $957,345, and you can be proud of this achievement due to your personal generosity. As Transylvania County grows and the Corona virus continues to impact our community members, local charities are experiencing greater needs. To continue to serve them well, we need your support.

When you review the linked brochure and description of the services of Lake Toxaway Charities recipients, you will see that two thirds of our dollars go to organizations involved in crisis prevention and/or critical care. The remaining third is dedicated to educational endeavors.

This brochure also provides information on how you can donate to Lake Toxaway Charities. We accept checks, gifts of appreciated stock, and monetary gifts to the Lake Toxaway Legacy Endowment Fund. Currently 31% of the 900 Lake Toxaway Estates property owners donate annually to this charity. One of our many goals for the future is to increase this percentage as more of our owners choose to support LTC. Lake Toxaway Charities is a 501 (c)(3) organization, and your gift is fully tax deductible. More importantly, 98% of your contributions directly benefit Transylvania County individuals and families who can least afford to pay for assistance. Because volunteers staff LTC, only 2% goes towards minimal expenses such as postage, supplies, printing, insurance, and marketing. Your personal year-end contribution will help us meet our 2020 goal of $1,250,000 to maintain serving the needs of our county.

Thank you for your gift to Lake Toxaway Charities.

Sincerely,

Chip Brown, Jenny Renfroe, and Diane Roberts

“There is no greater exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

– J. Holmes, Army vet

Please Sponsor an Angel – A Needy School Child or a Senior in Western Transylvania County

Lake Toxaway Charities and The Greystone Inn are providing gifts and food for over 175 pre-screened school children and seniors in this third annual Angel Giving Tree celebration.  This year has been very difficult for our neighbors struggling to provide basic necessities in this stressful time of Covid.  We can put a smile on their faces during the holidays with your help!

A tax-deductible donation of $250 sponsors a child, ages Pre-K through high school, or a senior citizen.  This provides a complete set of new clothing for each child from jackets to shoes and a Christmas stocking filled with needed items such as soap and toothpaste and a small gift.  Each child also receives a larger wrapped gift from Santa, and the family gets a food box.  Seniors receive a gift card and a food box.

Staff at the 4 Rosman area schools will shop, wrap and deliver the gifts to the children and their families.  You need only write a check.  Everyone is invited to visit The Greystone’s Angel Tree from December 3rd through December 24th. Wooden angel ornaments representing each child will be removed from the tree as that angel is “adopted”.  These ornaments list the age, gender and school grade for each student.  Ornaments representing the seniors will have only a coded number to preserve their privacy.  Their gifts will be purchased and delivered by two volunteers in the community.

Please participate and adopt as many angels as you wish.  With your check, enclose a note telling us the age and gender of the child you wish to sponsor, and Santa’s elves will select one or more for you from the tree.  To adopt a senior, please write ‘senior’ on the ‘for line’ on your check.  Mail checks to Lake Toxaway Charities, P.O. Box 163, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747.  Or you may wish to ‘shop’ using The Greystone’s website entitled Sponsor an Angel at  https://greystoneinn.com/

Holidays are joyous times, and your gift ensures these local children and seniors will know they are not forgotten.  Thank you on behalf of our neighbors, Lake Toxaway Charities and The Greystone Inn, and may you also have a very joyous holiday season!  If you have questions, please call Sherry Minnich at 912-269-6508 or Paulette Todd, 828-966-4700.

Tiger Impact Group (TIG)

The Tiger Impact Group (TIG) first formed in 2017 as a collaboration between Lake Toxaway Charities, the Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) and Transylvania County Schools to provide a variety of supportive programs and services in the Rosman district schools.

Lake Toxaway Charities designs TIG programs in conjunction with teachers, administrators, and community members in order to build on strengths in the existing school community. Indeed, the Transylvania County Schools motto is “Teaching everyone takes everyone.” This is a position that TIG passionately believes in and intends to match programs to needs beginning with elementary schools.

“We can and will focus on academics for students to succeed. But my own personal belief is that building up the morale, the spirit, and confidence of students, parents, and the entire community is a very important first step.”

Bob Graham, TIG Founder


TIG has launched a suite of programs from a speaker series to advising programs with the goal of establishing one-to-one mentorship and support systems for students on the road to college and career readiness. All require some form of consistent volunteers/mentors for one on one as well as group settings. These can draw on the general community as well as graduates specific to their schools. Emphasis will be on career success but also on life skills.

Those interested in volunteering should contact:

Bob Graham:
bobgraham61@icloud.com

2020 Operational Grants

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Emergency Covid Grants – 2020

Weekday Children’s Program of Brevard’s First United Methodist Church

Weekday Children’s Program of Brevard’s First United Methodist Church’s mission is to provide a quality Christian child care program for children ages 1-5. Lake Toxaway Charities awarded a grant in 2020 to finance a new playground. The playground is accessible to all people and children of the community.

Rosman High School

Lake Toxaway Charities awarded a grant in 2020 to Rosman High School. The grant will provide for band equipment, a livestock/plant trailer, and a new parental involvement program. Rosman High School is a beneficiary of our Tiger Impact Group (TIG) initiative.

Mountain Roots

Mountain Roots is a local educational non-profit that provides discovery and outdoor learning experiences for youth, teens and their families in Transylvania County. It operates 50 weeks a year providing programs for every local public elementary school and summer day camps for children, as well as leadership and group development retreats and workshops for community groups and schools. Lake Toxaway Charities awarded a grant in 2020 to provide for outdoor education for K-4th students in all Transylvania County Elementary Schools. In addition to the 2020 operational grant, Lake Toxaway Charities extended an emergency COVID grant to provide immediate relief to families struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic.

T.C. Henderson

Lake Toxaway Charities approved a grant to T.C. Henderson in 2020. The grant will help children add books to their home libraries or start to build one. The grant will also supply reading and math materials for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. T.C. is a beneficiary of our Tiger Impact Group (TIG) initiative.