Ways to help the needy this holiday WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

November 25, 1992|By LARRY STURGILL

Thanksgiving is a "family" holiday, traditionally a day when we gather around a table of steaming food, with a golden-brown turkey as a centerpiece, a day when we offer thanks for the blessings that graced us during the year.

It is also the beginning of the winter holiday season, the most joyous time of the year. But for many people, the blessings have been few and the joy of the holidays will be dampened by the realities of survival during a period of hard economic times.

To answer their needs, several Howard County churches and organizations are sponsoring events to help those who are less fortunate.

Tonight, at 7:30 p.m., the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center will hold an Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Celebration. Betty Martin, a spokeswoman for the center, said the group is requesting that everyone attending bring an offering of non-perishable food. Cash donations will also be accepted and checks should be made out to the Columbia Co-operative Ministry.

Call 730-7862 for additional information.

The Harper's Choice Community Association is sponsoring a "Harvest for the Hungry." Harper's Choice Village Manager Wendy Tzuker says non-perishable food may be dropped off at Kahler Hall throughout the holiday season. The donations will be given to the county food bank for distribution.

Fuller's Bikemobile, in Harper's Choice Village Center, is collecting bikes to be repaired and given to needy children through Grassroots and the Salvation Army.

If you have a bike that your child has outgrown or is no longer using, take it to Fuller's on Saturday or Dec 5. Your donation is sure to make a needy child's Christmas a happy one.

Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Green Center, will be collecting blankets for the needy during the holidays. The blankets should be dropped off at Slayton House and will be distributed by the county food bank at Abbott House.

If you want additional information, please call Janice Friedel at 730-3987.

Non-perishable food is being collected at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center. Two large food baskets will be offered to needy families for Thanksgiving, and collections will continue for food distribution during Christmas.

If you wish to contribute, please take your donation to Linden Hall, or call Jackie Felker, at 730-4005, for additional information.

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Area churches are holding Thanksgiving services.

Harvester Baptist Church, at 9605 Old Annapolis Road in Dorsey's Search, will have a Thanksgiving Praise Service tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Columbia Christian Science Society will hold a Thanksgiving service tomorrow at 10 a.m., at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center.

Linden Hall, in Dorsey's Search Village Center, will hold a children's Hanukkah party on Dec. 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Singer and songwriter Barry Louis Polisar will entertain.

Tickets are $5, and must be purchased at Linden Hall no later than Monday.

For more information, call 730-4005.

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The Central Maryland Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will sponsor a "Heritage Bazaar" on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The proceeds will go to the fund for the restoration of the Ellicott City Colored School, which is listed in the Howard County Register of Historical Sites.

For additional information, call 730-3172.

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Congratulations again to the Wilde Lake High School football team. Their victory over Easton on Saturday means they will play

for their third straight Maryland State Championship at Byrd Stadium in College Park on Friday at 4 p.m.

Those wishing to attend the game can buy tickets at the gate. Wilde Lake coach, Doug Duvall, suggests you arrive by 3 p.m.

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