How to Help

Make a Financial Gift

With less than half our our budget funded through county reimbursements, Black Mountain Home depends upon contributions from individuals and groups to meet the every day needs of 170+  children each year, from newborns to college age and beyond. This year, we must raise $2.9 million.

Whether you can give Solomon’s riches or a widow’s mite, every dollar helps make a difference in the lives of children. When you entrust us with your resources, we take our responsibility seriously to be the best stewards possible. We will prayerfully use your gifts to further our mission of glorifying God by caring for children and families. We will NEVER rent, sell, or share your personal information with any other company or organization for any reason.

Donate Items from our Ministry Needs List on Amazon

We share a list of items needed and/or wanted by our children, youth, and house parents on Amazon. These much appreciated items can be purchased and shipped directly to our office, or similar items purchased from different stores. Donors will receive an acknowledgement and receipt for these donations. Click here to see the current needs list. 

Collecting Items for Black Mountain Home

You can help by collecting items that we use in quantity, like sheets, towels, paper goods, pillows, socks, cleaning supplies, batteries, school/arts and crafts supplies, and toiletries. We do accept certain gently used items, including furniture, vehicles, household goods, and tools. Items that we cannot use will be sold through our Mountain Home Thrift Store: Cheryl’s Place

Include our kids in your will, trust, and/or estate plans.

Many donors find they can give more at end of life than earlier, when resources may be needed. While cash is certainly welcome, there are a number of other ways to donate . A planned gift can be made with almost anything– cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate–even property such as artwork and royalties. It can also include name our ministry as the beneficiary of an insurance or other account.

HAZEL JOHNSON LEGACY SOCIETY At Black Mountain Home, anyone who includes the ministry in some form of planned giving—regardless of the size of the gift—becomes a member of the Hazel Johnson Legacy Giving Society named in honor of the ministry’s very first donor.

When Hazel Johnson—only a child herself—heard about Rev. Dr. Robert P. Smith’s efforts to care for orphaned children in the mountains of Western North Carolina, her heart was touched. She stepped forward in April 1904 to provide Smith with the first donation for his ministry—13 pennies. From that small gift, Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families has grown into a thriving ministry providing care and support for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect, abandonment, and abuse.

What Else Can I Do for the Children?

  • PRAY – Remember the staff, children, volunteers, and supporters in your prayers.
  • SHARE – Tell someone else about Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families.
  • VISIT – If you or your group would like to tour our campus, click here for tour dates or call Sarah Robinson at 828-686-3451.
  • VOLUNTEER – We host groups and individuals throughout the year who take on volunteersa variety of tasks from tutoring youth to mowing grass. Contact Catrina Dillard by email at [email protected] or by phone at 828-686-3451, if you’d like to explore options for serving.
  • INVITE – Let the Home come to you. If you would like to have a guest speaker at your next meeting, event, or church service, please call Sarah Robinson at 828-686-3451.
  • READ – Sign up to receive our newsletter by e-mailing [email protected].
  • PLANNED GIVING – Think about making a contribution for the future by including the Home in your will or other estate plans.


Holidays are especially difficult for children in foster care. That’s why we make sure our youth have bountiful meals, fun activities, and gifts from their own special Christmas wish-list! Making Christmas special for ~100 children takes a lot of planning and a lot of HELP from donors, businesses, and churches. In October, our staff helps each child make their own special wish-list with age-appropriate items they would love to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Then, we rely on generous donors to help us make sure that each wish-list is filled.

Ways that You can help Make Christmas Special:

1. Sponsor Christmas for one or more children:

Make Christmas special for one or more children through your donation of $200 per child at BlackMountainHome.org/Donate. Christmas fund donations of ANY amount help provide meals, activities, and Christmas gifts to youth, from newborns to college-age. And, if any funds are left over, we use them for recreation, retreats, and special activities for our youth.

2. Donate gifts from our Christmas Wish-List on Amazon.

Items donated from our Amazon wish-list will be shipped directly to our office. If you wish to purchase items on our list from other stores, you can deliver them in person or have them shipped directly to Black Mountain Home Christmas, 80 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711.

3. In-store shopping – Request a Child’s Wish List.

Please click this link to receive a wish list from one or more of our children. If you don’t have access to email, then call us at 828.686.3451.  We’ll send you the list, then we simply ask that you deliver your UNWRAPPED gifts to our office on or before December 5th.  Request a Child’s Wish List.

Thank YOU for helping make the holidays special for our children. We couldn’t do it without YOU!

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