Box 4 Beer food drive for Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry returns to White Horse

Special To The Black Mountain News

The Swannanoa Valley is blessed with natural beauty, a vibrant cultural life and caring people, yet many residents face serious hardship.

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, based in Black Mountain, is a committed team of churches, staff and volunteers, provides vital services to individuals and families in need, whether locals or stranded travelers.

Many a Ship will perform at the White Horse on Dec. 6 in the Box 4 Beer food drive for Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

Each December the Ministry sponsors a food drive, Box 4 Beer, at the White Horse Black Mountain. 

This year, from 7 - 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, attendees who donate a box of non-perishable food items will be given a ticket for a free beer donated by Pisgah Brewing. 

Providing the soundtrack to the event will be Many a Ship.

Many a Ship is an indie-folk-rock band with deep roots in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The band formed in the summer of 2017 when music duo Vickie Burick (guitar, vocals) and Sam Brinkley (drums, vocals) joined forces with Josh Gibbs (lap steel) and Andy Gibbon (bass). Many a Ship features original songs by Burick, brought to fruition through the talent and creativity of Brinkley, Gibbs, and Gibbon.

Collectively their music is a sea of stories about life, love, heartache, truth, friendship, despair and hope. Gibbon and Gibbs are co-owners of Dynamite Roasting.

While Box 4 Beer is a special event, it’s important to remember that the work of SVCM is ongoing. In an atmosphere of compassion, love, hope and encouragement they seek to assist those who are experiencing hardship to meet both basic and emergency needs.

Beyond immediate relief, they make available a variety of life-enhancing opportunities for job placement, job training and educational advancement.

Ultimately, the mission of the Ministry is to help its clients maximize their God-given potentials.