Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

NORTH COUNTY --

December 22, 1992

Westinghouse employees aid church soup kitchen

When they heard the plight of the soup kitchen at Brooklyn Church of the Nazarene, employees at Westinghouse Electronics Systems Group in Linthicum knew they could help.

From supplies they collected Dec. 5-14 as part of an annual holiday food drive, the employees gave the church a half-dozen turkeys and boxes of canned goods, cereals, fruits, soup and cheese to help feed the needy who come from neighborhoods near the church on Audrey Avenue.

"We're overwhelmed," said the Rev. Dennis Hancock, the pastor. "We're very pleased with the outpouring from the community. This will help us keep doing what we've been doing. This has made Christmas special this year."

Mr. Hancock said that food donations also came from Panasonic and Martin Marietta.

Since August, the church had been offering meals twice a month after Sunday services to anyone who needed one. By November, the church was feeding nearly 60 people, about half of them children from poor families.

And Mr. Hancock was worried that they would run out of food, or that church members, who had been footing the bill would run out of money.

In their food drive, the Westinghouse employees collected 15,000 pounds of food 50 turkeys, which they donated to food banks, homeless shelters, churches and needy families.

Clothing drive comes to an end

Today is the last day that students and parents can bring items to the Belle Grove Elementary School to be donated to the Brooklyn Park Improvement Association for distribution.

The Human Relations Committee for the school is requesting that mittens, hats, gloves and used toys in good condition to be provided to children in need for the holidays.

Gifts may be dropped off in the barrel in the foyer of the school.

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