Charities trade food for service SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

July 13, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Sharing has come of age.

Parents have always admonished children to share. Now adults have their chance to model this exemplary behavior.

Sponsored by the Catholic Charities of Baltimore, "SHARE" (Self Help And Resource Exchange), is open to "anyone who eats," according to Joan McGee Raznick, SHARE coordinator. St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Liberty Road in Eldersburg is the distribution center for southern Carroll County.

Participants in this worldwide program receive $30 of name-brand grocery items and fresh produce each month in which they register for the price of $13 and two hours of community service.

"This is a very large program," Ms. Raznick said. "We have so many people involved that tremendous bulk orders for items are placed, so we can afford to fill the bags with high-quality items which would certainly cost a great deal more in a grocery store."

"There are no income levels for this program," Ms. Raznick said, "although those on limited budgets find this a good way to stretch their purchasing power."

TC You don't have to be Catholic, either, but you do have to register each month. Registration can be completed at St. Joseph's on distribution day, the fourth Sunday of each month; or on the first Sunday of the month, when there will be no distributions but registrations will be accepted.

The next distribution time will be in the morning of July 25.

Menu plans are included with the pre-selected, pre-bagged groceries, which can be a real time-saver for a busy household. A sample meal plan, to be made with items from the bag, includes chicken quarters, carrots, bananas and (frozen) coffee cake.

"We started our program at St. Joseph's in April this year," Ms. Raznick said, "and we already have 54 participants. Many of them are elderly members of the parish, and they seem to really enjoy putting in their service hours -- a lot of them are taking care of our registration for us as their community service."

All the participants are very happy with the items they've received, Ms. Raznick said, and many have expressed surprise at the quality.

All are welcome to come and register at St. Joseph's on the 25th. For information, call the church at 795-7838.

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Clifford the big red dog is coming to the Eldersburg library.

Clifford, a popular character in children's books of that title, will appear to help celebrate the Book Fair in the children's section tomorrow and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children can expect to see Clifford, really a young volunteer in a costume, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. both days.

"We have a lot of young volunteers in the summer," said Mary Schwab, the CCPL librarian who organized Eldersburg's book fair, "and several of them were interested in acting as our Clifford. We hope that Clifford will be interacting with the children."

Children and adults will enjoy browsing the large selection of books for sale, which will range in price from 50 cents to $4.95. Puzzle posters, including "find it" posters, such as "Find the Real Mother Goose," also will be featured.

The books, for readers in kindergarten to middle school, are from the collection offered by Scholastic Book Clubs, and include the Clifford series.

"There are the Clifford books, of course," Ms. Schwab said, "and there are quite a few medal winners, too." Children's books can win the Caldecott Medal, for artwork and text, or the Newbery Medal for children's literature.

Proceeds of the sale will be used for books. "This will obviously help our limited resources," she said, "but we've never done it before, so we don't quite know what to expect."

Books make wonderful gifts, and it's never too soon to plan Christmas or birthday purchases, so bring the kids and support your local library!

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