Christmas in April needs a few good volunteers

NEIGHBORS

March 14, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Attention, all skilled and nonskilled laborers, the Christmas in April organization wants you!

For the second year in a row, the Carroll County chapter of this nonprofit organization is seeking help in its efforts to rehabilitate and to repair some 15 residences throughout the county.

During its first year in 1993, the Carroll County chapter completed a variety of repair work on five homes.

To be successful again, Christmas in April Carroll County will need individuals, businesses and civic organizations to pitch in for those who are less fortunate.

"This year we have agreed to work on 15 homes, which means we will need somewhere between 250 and 300 volunteers," said Sam Maccherola, acting president of the Carroll County chapter.

"If you can use a paintbrush, plant a flower, sweep or hammer a nail -- then we want you," he said.

Mr. Maccherola said Christmas in April assists individuals who, for whatever reason, have difficulty maintaining their homes.

"Christmas in April helps to support the financially disadvantaged, which largely includes the elderly and the disabled who cannot maintain their homes," he said.

"For example, about 90 percent of the people we are helping this year are disabled, and their average age is 82 years old," he added.

For the most part, homes receiving help from Christmas in April Carroll County have been identified through local religious organizations as being in need of repair.

"We do just about everything in these homes," Mr. Maccherola said.

"On the average, we will paint to brighten up the home, put on new roofs, construct wheelchair ramps and haul trash," he said.

To date, two area churches are sponsoring homes, and such businesses as Hechinger and Home Depot have donated supplies.

"This is really a trip. The feeling that you get when you see the expression on the homeowners' faces is worth it. The team spirit that takes place is exciting," Mr. Maccherola said.

This year's event will be April 30, and anyone who is willing to help is asked to contact Mr. Maccherola at 795-4746.

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It's time again for the Ladies' Auxiliary at Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company to hold its annual arts and crafts show.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, more than 60 vendors will set up shop on the second floor of the fire hall to exhibit and sell handmade items.

Dried-flower arrangements, ceramics, jewelry and T-shirts are just a few of the wares highlighting a long list of arts and crafts.

Both days, homemade foods including breakfast sandwiches, soups, pies and cakes will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from the event go toward purchasing equipment for Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company.

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From 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the Montessori School of Westminster will sponsor a Children's Flea Market at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers, on Route 140 in Westminster.

This is the second year for the flea market, which will feature gently used children's clothing, shoes, infants' items (strollers, car seats, etc.), books and toys.

In addition to the flea market, the parents from the school will be holding a huge bake sale.

All proceeds from the market will benefit the Montessori School of Westminster.

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