Holiday Events in Murphy and surrounding areas

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MURPHY, N.C.- Here is a list of holiday events happening in Murphy and the surrounding areas:

The annual Harshaw Rd. synchronized Christmas light display will be taking place from now until New Year’s Eve with weather permitting. Any proceeds made will go directly to Toys for Tots. Hours of the display are Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The display is located at 3351 Harshaw Rd. in Murphy.

The Polar Express began Nov. 10 and will operate through December 31.
The round-trip excursion is a little over an hour long and is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack. Guest will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while enjoying the train ride. Santa Claus joins riders on The Polar Express for each ride, greeting all children and presenting them with a special gift, just as in the story, along with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols are sung on the return trip back to the Bryson City Depot. For more information about the schedule and ticket pricing, please follow this link: Schedule and ticket information

Murphy First Baptist Church will hold its 41st annual Singing Christmas Tree. This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Dec. 9 through 11. Saturday’s performance is a matinee beginning at 4 p.m. while Sunday and Monday performances are slated to start at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church is located at 517 Hiwassee St. in Murphy.

Santa Claus will be at Bojangles in Murphy from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Attendees bringing a toy for Toys for Tots will receive a free sausage, ham, gravy or jelly biscuit for children ages 12 and under. Murphy High School will be setting the tone for the special visit with the school chorus singing Christmas carols.

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Donations! Where Does Your Money Go?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  It is also one of the most giving times as well.  People open their hearts and their wallets to help worthy causes and most are legit.   When making a decision on which charity to donate to, most people consider the “efficiency” of the organization.  What percentage of the monies received by the charity goes to funding its mission verses other costs such as fundraising activities, salaries, and other overhead.   When giving to a non-profit you can always check its financials, which are required by law to be available, see below:

https://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organization-Public-Disclosure-and-Availability-Requirements

Tax-exempt organizations must make annual returns and exemption applications filed with the IRS available for public inspection and copying upon request. In addition, the IRS makes these documents available. The questions below relate to the public disclosure and availability of documents filed by tax-exempt organizations with the IRS.

There are several ways you can check out the charity but the most direct way is to ask for a copy of its financials so you can determine if your money is actually being used in the way you believe when you give.  There are sites like Charity Navigator and GuideStar which are very helpful in showing you what percentage of your giving goes to support the mission, as opposed to administrative expenses. Some nonprofits have a large overhead, but according to the charity ratings site, if they are spending more than 33.3% of their total budget on overhead, the organization is not meeting its mission.  However if your “cause” or “local charity” is not listed we suggest you request the disclosure from your choice of giving and make sure your money is helping the cause you desire.

FYN will be taking a look at some of our local charities and letting you know what we find.  Giving is great but it is always a good idea to make sure of how the money is actually being used.

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