REACH 'sweet' fundraiser

Mar 12, 2014

When Maggie Hickle, a resident of Waynesville, approached a board member of REACH of Haywood County, she was excited to share a novel idea for a fundraiser.

While Hickle was visiting her relatives in England, she purchased 40 containers of Smarties candies.  Her idea was to give the candy to friends and, once the candy was gone, ask them to fill the tubes with quarters.

This simple idea raised $665, which was donated to REACH to help them serve the needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

REACH, a non-profit agency founded in 1982, serves Haywood County residents by providing a 24-hour crisis helpline, counseling, court advocacy, education (Safe Dates) in schools and an emergency shelter, at no charge.

“We are so appreciative of Maggie and her innovative fundraising idea,” said Julia Freeman, executive director of REACH.  “Donations like this allow us to serve the women, children, men and elderly survivors of interpersonal violence who come to us with nowhere else to turn.”

Formore information about donating to REACH of Haywood, or becoming a volunteer, go to or call 456-7898.

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