WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

December 14, 1992

Churches seek money, toys to help needy during holidays

A group of West County churches is looking for money and toy donations so they will have enough items to give the 300 needy people who rely on them a happy holiday.

The Christian Assistance Program started four years ago, when 11 churches joined together to help families who may not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas.

Barbara Perusse, the secretary of the program who works at St. Joseph's Church in Odenton, said her organization is nearing its goal for money, but is short on toys.

All the needy people the CAP can handle already have signed up, with most coming from Meade Village and Pioneer City. Other names come from the county Department of Social Services.

On Dec. 23, the 300 parents will go to the Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church, pick up a food basket, then go into a room to pick out one gift for each of their children.

People who want to donate toys should bring them to St. Joseph's Church, 1285 Odenton Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ms. Perusse said no used toys are accepted, and the gifts must be unwrapped.

Food donations also are not accepted. Ms. Perusse said the group wants money so volunteers can buy the food and make each basket equal. Each food basket costs about $15, and Ms. Perusse said the organization is about $1,500 short of its $5,500 goal.

Money can be sent to the CAP treasurer, Roy Yenoli, at 2524 Flowering Tree Lane, Gambrills, 21054. St. Joseph's Church can be reached at 551-9238.

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