Active newcomer to head Severna Park aid agency


November 05, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SUN STAFF

AFTER ONLY five months in Severna Park, Kimberly McGrath has been named director of the Severna Park Assistance Network.

"I take on everything full force and very quickly," said McGrath. "Before you know it, I'll probably know everyone in the community."

As a communications specialist, the transplanted native of England commuted for 10 years from her home in Princeton, N.J., to an advertising job on Madison Avenue in New York City before returning to school to earn a degree in English literature from Penn State.

She picked up her advertising career in Philadelphia, before moving to Maryland with her husband, Thomas McGrath, an architect with the National Park Service who specializes in historic preservation.

She describes her job at SPAN as a kind of calling, a sense of reaching out to the community.

"We very much wanted to be part of the community again," said McGrath. "When I lived in Princeton, I was very involved with the American Red Cross Meals on Wheels there."

Heading into the holiday season, SPAN is eager to fill its shelves with canned fruits and vegetables, and pantry essentials such as rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, tuna and peanut butter.

When you shop for groceries in coming weeks, you'll notice volunteers in front of the food stores asking shoppers to buy a few extra items for SPAN.

Several organizations, including churches, Scouts and schools, collect food for SPAN at this time of year.

Along with food, SPAN provides financial aid for county families who are unable to pay for medicine, fuel or rent.

McGrath offered a postscript: "Winston Churchill expressed my feelings about giving back to the community when he said, 'You make a living with what you get; you make a life with what you give.' "

To join the sharing program or to sponsor a family, call SPAN at 410-647-0889 Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Record turnout

If you attended the community health fair at the Community Center at Woods on Friday afternoon, you were among more than 575 citizens who know a good thing when they read about it.

The fair gave 550 free flu shots before the serum ran out.

The beautiful day, the convenience of the location and the unbeatable price produced the record turnout.

Amazed at the size of the crowd, Barb Birkenheuer, the center's director, greeted each arrival with a word of welcome and an apple.

Among the other free services were screenings for diabetes and glaucoma, and tests for hearing, blood pressure and cholesterol.

The fair was a joint effort of Woods Center and North Arundel Hospital.

North Arundel also sponsors year-round health lectures at Woods Center on the first Tuesday of each month.

Colon cancer will be discussed at 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

For more information, call 410-787-4367.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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