UPDATE: Warming Stations will be open in Catawba County when weather is predicted to be 32 degrees or below for a daily low. Several local churches will open their doors to those who need a warm place to stay on specific days during the week, 4-10 p.m. Scheduled openings: Monday - First Presbyterian, Tuesday - Life House, Wednesday - Morning Star Baptist/Christ Church, Thursday - First United Methodist, Friday - Corinth Reformed, Saturday - Holy Trinity Lutheran and Sunday - St. Luke's United Methodist. Pick-up is at Life House at 4 p.m., and drop off is at Salvation Army at 10 p.m. Call John Hays - 828-514-2439 for more information.


Christmas Bureau still needs Coats, Donations

This year’s Catawba County Christmas Bureau is scheduled for Dec. 16 and 17 and will be held at the American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton.

Local agencies pool their resources to provide toys, clothing and coats to children and teenagers during the Christmas season.

The Salvation Army of Hickory is one of the agencies collecting items directly, using the Angel Trees. They can be found at all the area Walmart Super Stores and in Valley Hills Mall.

The Angel cards are available as well any time at The Salvation Army’s administration office – 750 Third Avenue Place SE in Hickory and there are stockings available at the office to pick up, fill and bring back.

Along with the toys and clothing, The Salvation Army also sponsors a coat drive for the Christmas Bureau.

The cleaners they use as drop-off points for the Coats for Kids drive are:

A Cleaner World - 1009 2nd St. NE in Hickory; Highland Cleaning Center - 1031 16th St. NE in Hickory; Kelley's Village Cleaners - 232 S. Main Ave. in Newton; Professional Cleaners - 133 3rd St. NW in Hickory; Quality Cleaners & Laundry - 2643 NC-127 in Hickory; Wyke's Cleaners - 1413 2nd St. NE in Hickory; Wyke's Cleaners - Hwy 127 S in Hickory; Modern Cleaners - 113 E B St. in Newton; CV Cleaners - 508-1 10th St. NW in Conover.

There are drop-off spots as well at Valley Hills Mall in Hickory at local schools and at the Catawba County United Way office at 2760 Tate Blvd SE in Hickory.

Volunteers needed

If you're interested in helping one of our local non-profit agencies by giving some of your time to help others. Click on the VOLUNTEER button at the top of the page, or call 828-327-6851.


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  “This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Catawba County United Way.  We celebrate the legacy of the past and the strong roots our United Way was based upon. We honor the present and are so grateful for the generous donations of our community.  The future is bright as we look to the next generation of community leaders and supporters like you to help improve the health, education and emergency services for a stronger tomorrow. Join me in making a difference in our community and donate to the 75th anniversary campaign.”  - 2019 Campaign Chair- Amy Guyer, Vice President, Century Furniture/Rock House Family of Brands


Congratulations to our tenth and final Catawba County United Way Fair Share Donor Car Giveaway finalist - Brian Hendrix from CertainTeed. Employees of companies participating in this year's Catawba County United Way's Fair Share Donors program (1 hour pay per month) went into 10 drawings for a chance at being a finalist to win either a Kia Forte, Hyundai Elantra or a Volkswagen Jetta from Paramount Automotive. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 11 at Paramount Automotive in Hickory.


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