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Bill Murdock

Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 03:57 PM EST
For 22 years he has become a familiar face here on News 13.

Whenever you hear about Eblen Charities, chances are you'll see Bill Murdock right in the middle of efforts to help those in need.

But recently, our Person of the Week found another way to make a difference by using a talent that comes from one of his passions.

At the Ingles Eblen Toy Store, the work's only beginning before it opens in time for Christmas.

"We got three toys per child."

This place will be packed with things, but for now there are more urgent needs.

Necessities for daily living.

Bill and Joe Eblen started the charity 22 years ago.

"We were looking for something to help families just like all of us.  Regardless of income."

And just like the families Eblen's serves, Bill knows personally of needing help in times of crisis.

Bill Murdock, Person of the Week, "my first wife had cystic fibrosis.  It was a long time ago and she's been gone for quite awhile.  But we knew what it was like on the other side."

From Eblen's Turkey Giveaway, to Tools for Schools, as executive director he leads a group of volunteers and staff that listen to heartbreak every day.

"I'm just so thankful for them and in such awe of them. Imagine having a job where everything you hear is bad.  Everybody sitting in front of you needs something right then and there."

Recently, he used his love for classic British authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolken, and G.K. Chesterton to write a book, "The Inklings of Christmastide", with all the proceeds going to Eblen's heating assistance program.

Bill Waddell, Eblen Community Liason, "he has made such a difference in Asheville with the people he helps every day."

Mary Ann McMinn, Eblen volunteer coordinator, "he just has a heart for the community."

Bill Murdoch learned early on that it takes heart to make a difference, and he learned it from a sport that has taught him some lessons about life...wrestling!
 
He was a champion in college, inducted as a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Lou Thesz award for a wrestler who lives by the tenants of the sport and his public sport.

"The thing about wrestling and Dan Gable told me.  Wrestling teaches you one very important thing.  It teaches you to get off you back.  And sad life keep putting you on your back."

For Bill Murdock, getting people back on their feet is a way of life, "you know Eblen belongs to everybody, and I'm just a very small piece of that." 

Bill will have another book signing on November 22nd at Barnes and Noble in Biltmore town square.Bill Murdock


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