Donations sought to help families in need have happy holidays


November 21, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOTHER NATURE'S chilling preview last Thursday of coming winter attractions put most of us on notice.

But preparing for winter is a continuing process at the Severna Park Assistance Network. SPAN is collecting donations for its annual Holiday Sharing Program.

"Last year SPAN helped over 120 families, which included about 50 seniors," says director Cindy Burkert. "We anticipate at least that many this year." Food and money are needed to fill food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A list of nonperishables to complete a holiday dinner is available at the SPAN office behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road.

Because SPAN has limited refrigerated storage space, the organization substitutes gift certificates for turkeys and hams in its baskets. Burkert says she will accept gift certificates or cash donations.

All donations for Thanksgiving should be received by Tuesday at Our Shepherd church.

Volunteers are needed to help organize the food and assist recipients for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Folks who would like to sponsor an entire family for Christmas are asked to contact SPAN by Dec. 11. SPAN recommends that each child under 16 receive three toys and two items of clothing. Young people over 16 appreciate clothes.

Donations of food and gifts for Christmas will be received in a vacant Park Plaza store, to be determined later, by Dec. 21.

If you would like to donate or volunteer to help, call SPAN today at 647-0889. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

Intern program

High school students are beginning to experience firsthand a wide range of career options, thanks to the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce Scholar Intern program.

"Students will shadow workers to gain insight into professions that may someday become their choice of careers," says Linda Zahn, the chamber's executive director.

Students from Archbishop Spalding, Severn School and Severna Park high schools, their families and schools representatives met representatives of the businesses they will work with at a reception Nov. 10 at the Chamber headquarters on Holly Drive.

The businesses include Annapolis Bank and Trust, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Bay Media, Chesapeake Academy, Future Kids, the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, Help-U-Sell, Severna Park Veterinary Hospital, Severna Park Voice and Teetertotter.

The reception was sponsored by Garry's Grill, the Gingerbread Man, the Italian Oven, Papa John's Pizza and Safeway.

Students in the program's first semester are Jeffrey Herzig and Mark Thaden of Archbishop Spalding; Katie Clark and Allison Weitz of Severn School, and Bridget Cavaiola, Rebecca Corby, Jessica Davis, Chris Hannon, Emily Lemmons, Renee Marcotte, Lori Williams and Noreen Zaman of Severna Park High.

Next semester, students from Annapolis Area Christian School will join the program.

For more information, call 647-3900.

Holiday Bazaar

Join your neighbors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church annual Holiday Bazaar throughout the church in the 600 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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