Help stock the food pantry at Elizabeth House

Old Town

August 10, 2011|By Jeff Dudley 301-725-0377

No doubt, you've driven past the building on Gorman Avenue, known as Elizabeth House, numerous times. Unless there were clients on the porch, or men and women lined up waiting to get in for the evening meal, you probably didn't give it a second look.

Every Thursday morning, a determined group of volunteers shows up at this fairly nondescript building to do work that is vital and necessary. Under the guidance of Judi Kuntz and Snyder Pate, these men and women sort through donated food items, pack bags and distribute groceries to those in the area who, for a myriad of reasons, just don't have enough.

Vic Exner, Marge Bresson, Rosie McLeod, Mary Goggin and Ann Riley are names that do not often make the news. They and a host of other volunteers throughout the week do a job, without receiving recognition, so that families, who are doing the best they can, have enough to eat.

It now seems that the food pantry is running short on staples to distribute and could use a hand themselves. Elizabeth House is in need of a variety of items such as canned goods, peanut butter and cereal. When preparing your donation, please ensure that what you give is unopened and has not expired. These items only end up being discarded into the trash and waste valuable time.

Monetary donations are accepted as well. Checks should be made out to Fish of Laurel, and mailed to P.O. Box 36, Laurel, MD 20725. A designation for the "food pantry" can be noted on the memo line.

If your church or civic organization is interested in hosting a food drive for their benefit, that would also be helpful.

If you would like to join this group of soldiers against hunger, they are looking for additional help. Volunteers are needed to perform various tasks throughout the week. There is also a need for folks to answer the hotline.

Interested? Go to or call 301-776-9296. You may also call this number to make arrangements to drop off your food gifts.

Sadly, Eunice Perry, widow of the Rev. Frank Perry, died recently. You may remember that Mr. Perry died just this past April. Together, they ministered at First Baptist Church of Laurel for 36 years. Eunice Perry leaves a legacy of service to her church and community, as well as four children, Timothy, Martha, Mark and Joanne, and numerous grandchildren.

Condolences to the extended Nickel family on the death of their sister, Elizabeth Lynne (Betsy) Haslup, who died peacefully Aug. 4. She will be sorely missed by family and friends, especially her husband, David; and children, Olivia, Julia and David Jr.

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