Mount Airy woman helps people in need get comfort against cold through Blanket Sunday

NEIGHBORS

February 09, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOST OF US don't think twice when we crawl under our nice warm blankets each night. Many aren't so lucky, including lots of people in our own communities who don't have the luxury of owning even one blanket, a comfort we take for granted.

Mount Airy resident Mary Brown is very aware of this worldwide need. She is the volunteer area chairwoman for Blanket Sunday, which will be held this Sunday across southwest Carroll County.

For about 40 years, local churches and community organizations have been collecting money and old blankets. And for the last 20 of those years, Mrs. Brown has been in charge of organizing and sending the area's donations to Church World Service in New Windsor.

The blankets are then shipped around the world when disasters strike or there is a serious need. Victims of Hurricane Andrew, for instance, were recipients of blankets collected and bought by the Church World Service.

In addition to providing warmth, "the blankets can be used for stretchers, as a floor covering, to make tents and as a covering over doorways," Mrs. Brown said. A regular speaker to church congregations, Mrs. Brown has also been known to demonstrate the many uses of a blanket to Sunday school classes.

Mrs. Brown became involved with Blanket Sunday through the United Methodist women's group at Calvary United Methodist Church. Mrs. Brown also makes afghans that she sells for charity. In addition to her involvement with Blanket Sunday, she also volunteers at Church World Service's headquarters in New Windsor, where she works one day a month at the gift shop.

Last year Mount Airy area residents joined together and donated more than $2,000 and 23 used blankets. Starting this year's drive with donations of $100 from the Mount Airy Lions Club and the Methodist Men of Calvary United Methodist Church, Mrs. Brown is hoping for a record year.

For more information concerning Blanket Sunday or to make a donation, call Mrs. Brown at (301) 829-1617 or Church World Service at 1-800-766-1553.

Big-time bingo

If you're looking for an unusual way to spend a winter weekend, why not try a great dinner and an afternoon of bingo games, complete with big cash prizes?

A Bingo Bonanza will be held Sunday at American Legion Post 191, 801 Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

Post 191 will open its doors at noon and, starting at 12:45, a complete roast beef dinner will be served. The bingo games begin at 2 p.m. and includes 33 paper bingo games of various types.

All levels of bingo players are welcome to attend the event, and workers will be on hand to explain the games and procedures to novice players.

Advance sale admission tickets are $25, which includes dinner and bingo cards. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $30. Extra bingo cards may be purchased.

The legion members would also like to remind the public, that the post is offering daytime bingo every Wednesday afternoon. The doors open at noon, and 21 paper bingo games begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $13 at the door, and a $75 jackpot is guaranteed every week.

For additional information concerning the legion's bingo games, call (301) 829-9161.

Softball registration

Girls interested in playing softball this spring are urged to register for the Girl's Softball Program offered by the Winfield Recreation Department.

Registration will be held at South Carroll High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 24.

The Winfield in-house softball program is open to girls ages 5 to 10 -- they must be 5 as of Jan. 1 this year. A slow-pitch travel league is open to girls and is offered for different age groups. The registration fee for these programs is $35 per child.

The department also offers a fast-pitch travel league for girls. The fee is $45 to register a girl in this league.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the Winfield Recreation Department at (410) 795-4903 or Mike Pierorazio at (410) 781-6542.

Christy Kruhm's southwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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