In the Christmas spirit of giving, groups seek items for needy families

NEIGHBORS

December 10, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Like many other suburban communities, Pasadena has held its own over the past few years of rocky times.

Caring individuals, churches and community organizations have led the way in providing help to families in need year-round, but they especially need your help during the holidays.

Here is a list of local groups that are collecting items for needy families during this season of giving.

* The seventh annual Harvest for the Hungry, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors (A.A.A.R.), needs nonperishable food items that will be distributed to hungry families through the Anne Arundel County Food Bank during the winter. Food will be collected through Dec. 31.

Suggested items include soups, canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter, cereals, juices, rice, spaghetti, pancake mix and dry beans.

"The community is responding, but we can always use more," campaign chairman Rich Dobry said.

Donations can be dropped off at several sites.

Tomorrow between noon and 3 p.m., donations will be accepted at the Poplar Ridge Association hall on Poplar Ridge Road.

Donations also are being accepted at the Community Information Center, 3201 Mountain Road, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

To make donating even easier, you can contact your local realty office, or call Dobry at 437-0289 to arrange for a pickup.

Cash donations also will be gratefully accepted. Make checks payable to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and mail to: A.A.A.R., 555 Benfield Road, Severna Park 21146.

* Members of the Mountain Road Optimist Club will be at Angel's Market on Mountain Road this weekend collecting food and money for its annual Christmas food drive.

The group will give the donations to Pasadena families to help make their season a little brighter, a group spokesman said.

* Northeast PTSA's Caring and Sharing program is still collecting canned goods, clothing and gifts for two families with young children.

Students also are collecting blankets, hats, gloves, and toiletries for homeless shelters.

If you can help, call Carlene Heilman, 437-6400.

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Bodkin Elementary PTA invites you to shop at its 16th annual Christmas craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 8320 Ventnor Road.

Seventy-five artisans will participate.

Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pictures can be purchased for a small fee.

The PTA also will sell crafts donated by parents and staff members, cakes, cookies, food and refreshments.

Information: 437-4064.

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Girl Scout troops from the Jacobsville Cluster will sponsor a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

Twenty-five artisans will participate.

Youngsters can shop in Santa's Workshop for inexpensive gifts, many created by local Scouts.

Raffle tickets on items donated by participating artisans will be sold.

Food and refreshment will be available.

Information: 437-4362.

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The Ladies Guild of Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church on Third Street and Beach Avenue in Chelsea Beach.

Admission is $4 a person. The menu will feature eggs, sausage, pancakes, creamed chipped beef, French toast, fresh baked biscuits, toast, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Information: 255-4049 or 360-8552.

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The Religious Education Department of St. Jane Frances de Chantal is sponsoring its annual pancake breakfast after all Masses on Sunday in the school hall, 8499 Virginia Ave.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and younger. The menu will feature pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk.

Raffle tickets on a "Christmas Fantasy Package," featuring a grand prize overnight stay at Guest Quarters plus gift certificates for groceries, jewelry and toys, will be sold for $1.

Information: 255-4646.

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Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road, will hold a children's Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Congregation youngsters will perform the musical, "I Was a Teenage Christmas Tree."

The community is invited to attend.

Nursery care for children ages 2 and younger will be provided for free.

Information: 255-3189.

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The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company hall on Solley Road.

Group leader George Bentz will be joined by a holiday guest who'll have a surprise for everyone.

Donations for the lure tree raffle will be accepted at the meeting. The winner will be announced that night and must be present to win.

Door prizes, valued at $300, and 50/50 raffle tickets also will be sold.

Information: 255-3678.

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The Naval Academy Brass Quintet Band will perform for students at St. Jane Frances School at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday.

School parents are invited to attend this festive and entertaining program.

Information: 255-4750.

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