Churches, groups help needy neighbors during holidays PASADENA

NEIGHBORS

December 04, 1992|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Pasadena, like many other suburban communities, has held its own during these tough financial times. Caring individuals, churches and organizations have united to help needy families, and they especially need your help during this holiday season.

Here is a list of local groups that are collecting items for needy families.

Members of the Mountain Road and Fort Smallwood Optimist clubs will be at Angel's Market and Lauer's Super Thrift on Edwin Raynor Boulevard this weekend and next, collecting food and money for the annual Christmas food drive.

Last year, the clubs receive enough donations to feed 50 families.

"All of the donations stay right here in the Pasadena and help our neighbors that are not as lucky as we are," said Jennifer Davison, president of the Mountain Road club. "If we can help, even in a small way, to make this Christmas season a little brighter, then we've succeeded."

Donations of non-perishable food or cash will be accepted at Angel's Market from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. !! tomorrow; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

At Lauer's, the Fort Smallwood Optimists will collect from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Collection hours will be the same next weekend at both sites.

Davison said additional volunteers are needed to help sort food at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Chesapeake High School.

Call 255-0037 for more details.

Local Optimists Frank Mathias, Mike Collins and Jim Tully are coordinating the food program.

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Northeast PTSA's Caring and Sharing program is collecting canned goods and new or used books through Dec. 16.

"Maryland's Tomorrow" students will visit nursing home patients North Arundel Convalescent Center in Glen Burnie on Dec. 15.

"We will be participating in the center's Wishing Star Tree program and are seeking donations from the community," said program coordinator Carlene Heilman.

Items needed are men's white cotton and beige nylon socks, women's thigh-high nylons, size 7 women's slippers and medium-sized, waltz-length nightgowns in any color.

"Any extra items donated by the community to us will be given to the center," she added.

Items for the nursing home visit are needed by Dec. 14.

Students also will adopt two needy families with young children for the holidays.

If you can help with clothing or toys, please contact Ms. Heilman, 437-6400.

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church's unique traveling train garden will return to the area next week for everyone who missed it. The garden was built by members and friends of the congregation. Proceeds will benefit the North Country Emergency Network.

The trains will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Dec. 13 at Jem Trains, 2441-B Mountain Road and every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 to Dec. 23 at Glen Burnie Mall.

L Admission is free, but bring a can or box of food for NCEON.

Tickets to win a 4-foot-by-8-foot train garden with two trains, will be on sale for $1 each.

For tickets or more details, call the church at 255-4141.

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The Lake Shore Elementary PTO invites families to its annual "Sundaes with Santa" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the school on Mountain Road. Admission is free.

Drinks and make-your-own sundaes will be available for $1 per person.

Children can visit with Santa, make tree ornaments or purchase that special gift from Santa's Workshop. Free gift wrapping is included.

Photos taken with Santa will be available for a fee.

Disc jockey Ed Cashen will spin seasonal and popular music in the cafeteria.

For more details, call Sue Alexander, 255-1325.

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