At Owen High School, there are more than a dozen students who counselors call “couch surfers.” Homeless by any other name, the students migrate from house to house, never knowing where they will sleep that night.

Hand in Hand, an organization composed of 10 churches in the Swannanoa and Black Mountain areas, helps the students with clothing, money for school activities, even prom attire. In just nine years, Hand in Hand has raised more than $149,000 to help children with basic needs such as shoes, food, field trips, graduation expenses and other school event fees.

“We have five or six fundraisers each year and give all proceeds to the schools,” said volunteer Lois Nix. The next fundraiser will be Aug. 8 on the lawn of Black Mountain United Methodist Church, during the Sourwood Festival.

For sale will be hamburgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings, as well as cold drinks and baked goods. There will also be a container for donated school supplies.

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