3rd Annual Summer Bash – Making a Difference in Lenoir

volunteering in Lenoir

Our mountain towns in North Carolina are gearing up for another Summer Bash, August 26 from 5-11pm, thanks to the dedication and fun spirit of the Wig Bank of Caldwell County, alongside Ali & Madison Bumgarner. The Extraordinaires and DJ Johnny B will be in attendance, playing their lively tunes to keep the party hopping and the guests dancing.  Of course there will be delicious food and refreshing drinks available in the American Legion Building in Lenoir on this fine summer night. 

When you’re looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, the reasonably-priced tickets ($35) can be purchased by calling the Wig Bank of Caldwell County at 828-726-9111 or visit 226 Mulberry St, SW Lenoir, NC 28645. Remember, all who attend are lending their support to a worthy cause. The Wig Bank’s motto is Hope.  Support.  Education.  Friends. Those who live in our gated communities near Asheville NC often attend their Red Dress Event or popular Wig Walks as well as volunteer their time to this organization with a tremendous heart.

For over ten years, the Wig Bank of Caldwell County has been helping those who are bravely fighting cancer in the mountain towns in North Carolina.  Two motivated and inspired women, a hair salon owner and an oncology nurse, understood the diverse needs of our much-loved community.  Their vision was to make a difference to those who were sick, and soon many others became eager to lend their help and support. Though these two women began with a just few wigs, their vision soon took off. Perhaps you’ve walked or driven by the Wig Bank and noticed the modest house with the purple door.  If you ventured inside, you surely found a hot pot of coffee and a warm greeting. 

Their dedicated staff offer educational resources for those who are sick with cancer, or those who are taking care of a sick loved one, as well as some much-needed comfort and support.   The inspired founders of the Wig Bank initially saw the need to provide wigs to sick woman, but soon came to understand all the other services that were necessary to help survivors feel better, as well as the need for support groups for men, women and children in the gated communities near Asheville NC. 

In addition to wigs, they provide makeup kits and how-tos, as well as funds for essentials such as food, gas, literature for cancer education, exercise classes and more. Recently the community pulled together to raise funds for the purchase and renovation of Mulberry Street. No surprise that the folks who live in our mountain towns in North Carolina were able to turn this adorable house into a welcoming home.

Whether you’re looking for classes, support groups, or a place for your children to hang out for some fun entertainment—this is the spot.  Kids can watch movies, play pool, foosball, ping-pong or cards, while the grown ups share meaningful conversation or grab some downtime in the library, reading in a comfy chair or doing a little online research.

The giving nature of our volunteer community members, always looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, make a real difference to others, and ensure all the Wig Bank’s incredible services are free.The Wig Bank’s services, support groups and programs:

• On-Site Beauty Shop

Provides wigs for women and children who may lose their hair through cancer treatments. Each wig is specially selected and styled by one of our licensed stylists.

• Locks of Love

An individual may donate their hair (must be at least 12 inches) to a national wig company for cancer patients. The locks should be clean, bound together, braided, bagged and delivered to The Wig Bank with your name and phone number taped to the outside of the bag.

• McCreary Cancer Center

A partnership with the McCreary Cancer Center offers a wide range of programs for individuals and their families touched by cancer.

• I Can Cope

This is a monthly support group initiated by the American Cancer Society for people who have just been diagnosed or are in treatment for cancer.  Facilitated by an oncology nurse, other experts are frequently invited to answer questions.

• Arm in Arm

The most popular breast cancer support group meets the third Monday of each month at 6 pm.

• Look Good… Feel Better

This program meets after Arm in Arm and brings women together to learn tips on applying makeup (a free bag of makeup is supplied), techniques for using scarves and hats, and exercise tips so they can look and feel their best.

• Restorative Yoga

Heal and restore with our popular mid-day Restorative Yoga classes.

• CHiPS (Child Health Enrichment Programs)

Support group for children affected by cancer, providing games, and art therapy with high school Beta Club students. During these sessions, parents meet upstairs with volunteers. The group meets monthly, except during the summer.

• Sister Group

A minority outreach program designed to explain the benefits of good breast health and mammograms.

In addition to giving your time, you can also give the gift of hope by donating to the services at the Wig Bank.  Their website describes their passionate mission perfectly:  “We strive to offer meaningful services that are sensitively suited to meet the emotional, intellectual and inspirational needs of individuals and families going through their journey with cancer. Your donation helps outreach efforts for: renewed self-esteem, emotional recovery and support, and information resources. You can make a donation in several ways:

·       Sponsoring, attending or supporting one of our fundraisers

·       Donations in honor or memory a loved one

·       Individual financial gifts in any amount

Give the gift of hope! Your donation helps The Wig Bank continue its mission to be a ray of hope and help for local individuals touched by cancer.”

Those who live in the gated communities near Asheville NC understand the importance of volunteering.  There are so many meaningful ways to give of yourself in retirement–to the schools, nursing homes, museums, voting centers, shelters, soup kitchens and ministries.  Of course, the beauty of Lenoir is when you’re done volunteering, there’s so much else to keep you busy.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Lenoir NC this summer?  You’re probably aware of some of the most the popular past-times, but there are scores of others to discover now that you have some down time.  Looking for a great way to kick off your weekends?  Friday nights at the Tri-County Motor Speedway features NASCAR All-American Series stock car racing.

Or if you feel the need to kick up your heels, grab your date and try clogging at Sims Country Barbecue in Dudley Shoals.   Lenoir’s beat is kept strong with all the impromptu front porch jam sessions that are open to the public and musicians of all ages from beginner to pro.

For those who enjoy intellectual stimulation, you can visit any of the state’s seven educational forests and learn a little something new about our ecosystem, or visit one of the many museums:  the Caldwell Heritage Museum, the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum, the Antique Vending Company, the Wilson Creek Visitor Center, or Hudson’s Railroad Depot Museum to take in some of our fine history and culture.

If you feel more energetic, you can train for some of our challenging bike rides, and when you feel the need to cool down, hike along any number of our refreshing creeks that flow from our gorgeous mountains.

It’s obvious how lucky we are to live in this region, and those who have found their perfect piece of land at The Coves and settled into their charming mountain homes, can enjoy all that Lenoir has to offer each and every day.  From volunteering alongside our close-knit neighbors, to exploring the nearby downtown and surrounding parks, restaurants, and shops, there’s never enough time to do it all.  Especially when your home at The Coves is beckoning you to return for a little relaxation or family and friend gathering.  If you’ve yet to experience The Coves in Lenoir, stop by and see what you’ve been missing.

Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

 

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