From: From: Barbara Birkenheuer
Severna Park Assistance Network
On Dec. 22, 19 volunteers spent the afternoon at SPAN sorting food, gifts and clothing to be distributed to our needy families the next day. Teen-agers, adults and senior citizens comprised the group. They worked tirelessly in the spiritof joy and goodwill toward others.
During that same afternoon, many representatives from local organizations, businesses and communityassociations dropped off their Christmas donations for the needy. Each expressed how meaningful it was to them to be able to help those less fortunate than themselves, especially at this time of year.
OnDec. 23, 14 others volunteered to help distribute Christmas baskets to our needy families. Seven of these volunteers were teen-agers. Words can never adequately describe the scene that took place at SPAN that day. Sixty-eight families had a Christmas celebration this year because of the generosity and concern of those who support the mission of SPAN. Little children had gifts under donated Christmas trees. Families had a Christmas dinner to share. Many received winter clothing to keep them warm during the cold months ahead.
But most of all, those who came to SPAN's door received the Christian message of hope and love as SPAN's Christmas card to them simply stated "Christ Is theGreatest Gift of All."
Volunteers and families were moved to tears by the generosity of those who gave and the genuine emotional thanks expressed by the recipients.
To each of you who made this possible (and there were so many) through your support, your donations and your prayers, we say thank you.
For those of us who witnessed boththe giving and the receiving, we know that, in spite of all we hear today of the problems our world is facing, the Christmas message spoken by the angels of "Glory to God in the Highest on earth, peace and good will to man" is being lived today.
JAYCEES CELEBRATE 71ST
From: Linda Wheeler Sparks
Public relations director
Severna Park Jaycees
Local Jaycees chapters celebrate the 71-year history of the U.S. Jaycees Organization the week of Jan. 19 to 25.
The successof Jaycees chapters and sponsored programs is greatly achieved through the generous promotional efforts of the local news media and the kindness and support of the community.
During this time of Jaycee celebration, the Severna Park Jaycees would like to extend their appreciation to the staff and readers of the Anne Arundel County Sun newspaper for your continued support of the group.
Jaycees sponsor numerous charitable causes, some of which may include MDA, Special Olympics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis, the Arthritis Foundation, Just Say No, and many others. The Jaycees organization provides the tools and training for its members to improve their lives as well as thequality of life for others.
Membership in the organization can generate many personal and career benefits, and improve the community.
The Jaycees live by a creed that states: "We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of all nations; that economic justice can best be won by free enterprise; that government should be of law rather than of man; that earth's greatest treasurelies in human personality; and that service to humanity is the best work of life."
The Severna Park Jaycees challenge everyone to become involved with their communities this year, and invite young adults(from 21 to 39 years of age) to join them for fellowship as they celebrate U.S. Jaycee Week. For information, call 768-9148 or 544-4613.