With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time for the people of Crofton to dig into their pockets and help out the less fortunate.
There are two businesses in the area that are doing their part as drop-off points for the Toys-For-Tot programs.
The O'Conor, Piper & Flynn real estate office in the Crofton Center Medical and Professional Building will accept new or like-new toysuntil Dec. 18.
These toys should be unwrapped.
The Family Veterinary Center on Route 450 will be accepting toys that have been wrapped.
The age and sex of a child be written on a tag and attached to the outside of the box.
The Crofton K mart is again holding its Giving Tree for needy children.
You may pick out a child's name from this tree and sign the registry.
The gift should be size and age appropriate to match with the information on the tag.
These gifts should be wrapped and returned to K mart by Dec. 15 with the tag firmly attached.
The Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church will be giving harried holiday shoppers a break Saturday, Dec. 14, from having to take the kids along.
The church will be offering child carefrom 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church for $12 per child.
Lunch will be provided with games, crafts and face-painting featured.
Reservations are required for children younger than 1.
All others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact Audrey Spolarich at 721-0880 or 261-0120.
Anotherholiday happening is going to take place at the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department.
The firefighters are sponsoring "Lunch with Santa" 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the fire house on Davidsonville Road.
The cost for lunch is $2.50 per person and the menu will include hot dogs or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips carrot sticks, Christmas goodies, milk or juice, coffee/tea for Mom and Dad.
Pictures with Santa will be available for the cost of $4 each.
A raffle for a train set will be held with special delivery to the winner Dec. 23.
Reservations for lunch are requested but not needed.
For information or to make a reservation call 261-0975.
The American Cancer Society is having its wreath and garland fund-raiser again this year, but time is running out to place your orders for this worthy cause.
The deadline is tomorrow. Call 721-4304 to place your orders.
The group is selling Canadian balsam fir wreaths in two sizes: 24-inches for a $12 donation and 32-inches for a $17 donation.
Canadian balsam fir garland in 15-foot-long, 12-pound thickness, costs a $20 donation.
There will be 10 pickup points in the county for the orders.
Proceeds will be used to support cancer research, patient services and rehabilitation programs, so make the call and help support this important organization.
If you havebeen to the Crofton K mart the last few weekends you may have been asked to buy a raffle ticket to help support a local boys indoor soccer team, the Blast.
The team is raising money to help defray the cost of uniforms and league fees.
They are offering the winner theirchoice of a Super Nintendo entertainment system plus a Game Boy or Lopez or Sneed golf club set plus bag and bag cart, or a Zenith 20-inch color television; or two Huffy white heat or Murry biotech mountainbikes.
Tickets are $1 each and all proceedes will benefit the team. The prizes are being sponsored by the Crofton K mart.
So the next time that you are out shopping or are just feeling lucky, stop by and buy a ticket.
The drawing will be on Dec. 17 and you do not need to be present to win.
Don't forget that Saturday is the annual community tree-lighting ceremony at town hall, 1576 Crofton Parkway.
The event will begin 7:30 p.m. followed by hot chocolate and cookies.