Businessman garners support for ailing boy

NEIGHBORS

November 29, 1993|By CINDY PARR

For the past year, writing this column has given me many opportunities to bring attention to the frequent good deeds performed by residents of central Carroll County.

This week, I feel privileged to shine the spotlight on Dean Douglas of Westminster.

Mr. Douglas is spearheading a fund-raising effort for the son of a Finksburg couple who was involved in a serious farming accident two months ago.

Seven-year-old Gavin Jennings suffered a severe head injury and has required two major operations at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Mr. Douglas, who grew up with Gavin's father, Jim Jennings, said, "When I heard about what happened to Gavin, it hit home. I have a 6-month-old child, and as a new parent it touched my heart. Being in business, I knew I had the contacts to be able to do something."

Mr. Douglas, who owns Village Printing in Westminster and is a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, has enlisted the support of many community and business members.

Saturday, from 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a breakfast buffet and bake sale will be held at Reese Fire Hall to raise money for the Jennings family. Proceeds will help defray the Sandymount Elementary School second-grader's medical expenses.

"The community has been very responsive. Through word of mouth, the doors have opened up," Mr. Douglas said.

"Donna Cross, who is on the PTA at Sandymount, has been very good in organizing the bake sale and making sure fliers got out through the school."

Mr. Douglas said he is planning to feed 1,000 people at the breakfast buffet. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, coffee, milk and orange juice. The cost is $4 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 5-12.

Those interested in making a donation should make checks payable to: Gavin Jennings Fund, Fairground Village Shopping Center, Suite 20, Westminster 21157.

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Many seasonal activities are taking place throughout the central Carroll area this weekend.

If it's an old-fashioned holiday you seek, come to Westminster on Saturday for Christmas on Main Street.

Many downtown stores will participate in an open house, and Christmas stories will be recited at the Carroll County Public Library beginning at 10 a.m.

The EnterTRAINment line will feature Santa train rides at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Call 775-TRAIN.

The Westminster Municipal Band will perform and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place before Santa arrives with goodies for the children at 5 p.m. at Liberty and Main streets.

The event is sponsored by the Westminster Business Association.

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Saturday could be a busy day, but Friends of the Village, the auxiliary of Carroll Lutheran Village, hopes you'll make time for the "Greens 'n Cookies Sale."

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the retirement community's dining room, live greens, holiday decorations, handmade crafts and Christmas cookies will be sold.

Home-style soups and sandwiches also will be served.

Admission is free.

Information: 848-5750.

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Take note of these church bazaars Saturday:

Calvary United Methodist Church will have its annual bazaar and lunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church auditorium.

Stone Chapel United Methodist Church will have its Christmas bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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