Donations of food, clothes, toys sought for needy Holiday drives kick off season

November 15, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

A drive begins this week for food, toys, clothes and other gifts that will help an estimated 1,200 Carroll County families celebrate the holidays.

The food and other items may be left between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the National Guard Armory on Hahn Road in Westminster on Tuesday, Thursday and Nov. 24.

Many smaller drives are beginning among community organizations and churches to provide food baskets.

The collection drive at the armory is sponsored by the Tuesday Night Volleyball Players. The items will go toward the Neighbors in Need holiday aid program for needy families.

Neighbors in Need is coordinated by Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., a private, non-profit agency. Several other smaller charities pool their resources for the Neighbors in Need program.

Neighbors in Need also will match any donor, or group of donors, such as co-workers, who wish to adopt a family to help for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

For more information, call Human Services, 857-2999.

Other groups accepting donations or requests for help include:

* The Mount Airy Jaycees, who again are sponsoring a large Thanksgiving basket program, said secretary Debbie Ruprecht.

They are encouraging more people who need help to ask for it, because the group has more than enough food, Ms. Ruprecht said.

The Jaycees raised more than $5,000 this year through a yard sale and Santa visits, she said. They will distribute more than 1,000 canned goods collected by Mount Airy Middle School students, and fill the baskets with turkeys, hams and other items.

"I'm sure there are more needy people than what we have on our list. We've only got 15 names now that we're giving to," Ms. Ruprecht said. "If people are having a hardship, some people don't want to ask for help because they know it's a temporary thing. But we want to help everyone."

Anyone who needs help or wishes to donate toward a food basket may call by Wednesday at (301) 831-5417.

Baskets are to be delivered Saturday, along with invitations to any children in the families to attend a Christmas party sponsored by the Jaycees Dec. 19. Children will be asked what they want for Christmas.

* The Westminster Rescue Mission on Lucabaugh Mill Road has so far committed the 53 food baskets it will provide this year, but will take donations from individuals or groups to provide more, said William Correll, executive director. People also may call now to reserve a basket for Christmas, Mr. Correll said.

The mission, a residential Christian recovery program for drug and alcohol abuse, raises money for the baskets through donations and sales from its Mission Store on East Main Street.

Families who have arranged to receive the baskets will pick them up Nov. 24 at a Thanksgiving service, said Mr. Correll.

"Normally it wouldn't book up this fast, but I guess it's because of the economic situation this year. I would like to think that if somebody really had a need, we would still provide for them," he said.

To make arrangements to donate or pick up a basket, call 848-2222.

* The Telephone Pioneers of America are collecting food, household products and gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas for a local woman who has two children, president Shirley Young said. If the group receives extra contributions, it will give them to another family, she said. Information: 848-8927.

Groups giving away food or gifts for Thanksgiving or other winter holidays may be listed in The Sun by sending a notice to the newspaper at 15 E. Main Street, Westminster, Md., 21157.

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