COLLECTORS LURED by handmade household baskets are purchasing tickets to Fall Basket Bingo and Silent Auction on Oct. 12 at Shiloh Middle School.
Nine baskets are "retired" styles by the Longaberger company. The bakery basket, bread basket, large recipe basket, daily blessings baskets and pumpkin basket will be filled for prizes valued at at least $50. The odds and ends basket, when filled with gifts, will be valued at at least $300.
"One thing we were really proud of and excited about is the community support and involvement," said Karen Donaldson, PTO president.
Donaldson, Dawn Ros and Judy Henn are organizing the event with enthusiasm.
"People need a break, something fun, a way to forget their worries for two hours," Donaldson said. "We're just doing something fun for our kids and PTO at the same time. We're sure it will be a success."
Community involvement starts in the classrooms, where pupils are collecting articles to fill baskets for themes ranging from sports to Americana to "the chocoholic." Local donations include a selection of exotic coffees, memberships to the arts council and Carroll County Farm Museum, collectible bears, candles and international arts and crafts.
Donations "of interesting stuff" are being accepted until Oct. 5, Ros said. Some items will be used for a silent auction.
Principal G. Thomas Hill will be the bingo caller.
"Our last special basket ... was worth over $350, and I would like to have won it myself," Donaldson said.
Hot dogs, beverages, cookies, brownies and veggies with dip will be sold during intermission. Donaldson will sell slices of homemade gourmet cakes.
"People were fighting over the desserts, such as the five-layer chocolate mousse cake or the strawberry shortcake. People quit playing bingo to get in line for cake," Donaldson said.
Businesses, families and individuals are sponsoring the event at silver, gold and platinum levels for $25, $50 and $100 respectively. Sponsorships are available. Sponsors will be recognized at the event.
The bingo party is the single fund-raiser for the school PTO. Last year, it was just shy of being sold out at the limit of 300 tickets. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and bingo play, which includes 20 games and several "specials," will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
The school is on Willow Street in Hampstead.
Information: Karen Donaldson, 410-876-1734; Dawn Ros, 410-239- 6136; or Judy Henn, 410-833-8721.
Store manager sought
If you can manage a busy clothing store and want to help those in need, the clothing store of North East Social Action Program Inc. has a niche for you.
Applications are being taken until Tuesday for clothing store manager, a 35-hour-a-week position, and sales associate, who works 15 hours a week.
Working Saturdays and the ability to lift 60 pounds are required. Store officials say applicants should have cashiering skills and a "positive Christian attitude."
The store handles a large volume of donated clothing and small household accessories. About 100 large bags are sorted each week. Volunteers are sought to sort items Thursday evenings and Saturdays.
The store is at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead.
Blood donors needed
Manchester Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Bible Church, 3250 Charmil Drive.
The need for blood has not abated despite recent donations by thousands of people. The blood supply has to be renewed to be healthy.
If you last gave blood on or before Aug. 6, you will be eligible to give now.
It's best to schedule a time to give. Information: 800-448-3543.
Teen gathering place
Hampstead Baptist Church, 328 Hanover Pike, is sponsoring a "Refuge" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday.
Students in grades seven through 12 are invited to the church for music, games, skits, giveaways, Bible teaching and dramatic presentations.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.