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By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | April 8, 2013
  Baltimore City plans to serve 2 million free meals this summer to children who would otherwise have little to eat. Needy children often don't get enough to eat in the summer months when they are not in school to participate in the free lunch program. Under the city initiative, low-income children  under age 18 can get free breakfast, lunch and dinner at recreation centers, schools, churches, camps and other locations in the city. It is the second year of the porgram.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
The principal of a celebrated Baltimore high school has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of nearly $2 million he received in a previous job to feed disadvantaged children, but used instead for other purposes, including leasing luxury cars and buying jewelry. Between 2007 and 2010, federal prosecutors say, Frederick Douglass High School principal Antonio Hurt submitted documents to a federal program in which he intentionally misstated the number of children and meals eligible for reimbursement in day care centers he owned and operated in Georgia.
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NEWS
June 8, 1991
When it comes to America's disadvantaged, stereotypes are deceiving. The latest shocking revelations come from a report by the Children's Defense Fund which found that one in five American children is poor. That's not just urban America crying out of the statistics, either.In analyzing 1989 census reports, the fund found that the inner-city black child of a mother on welfare simply is not the typical poor child. Only one in 10 of this country's poor children is urban and black; the fastest-growing poverty problem is in the suburbs, where a fourth of all poor children live.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker and By Andrea K. Walker | April 8, 2013
  Baltimore City plans to serve 2 million free meals this summer to children who would otherwise have little to eat. Needy children often don't get enough to eat in the summer months when they are not in school to participate in the free lunch program. Under the city initiative, low-income children  under age 18 can get free breakfast, lunch and dinner at recreation centers, schools, churches, camps and other locations in the city. It is the second year of the porgram.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | January 9, 1994
On Christmas Eve, 9-year-old Michael Law played Santa for several needy South Carroll children. He thought the whole idea was "really neat.""Some of the kids were my age, and I liked playing Santa for them," he said. "If we didn't do this, they might not get anything."With help from area residents, Michael and the other boys of Cub Scout Pack 110 fulfilled the Christmas wishes of 28 needy children.Neighbors in Need, a group that annually provides holiday gifts to impoverished residents, passed information from needy children to Pack 110. The names and wishes were attached to ornaments -- handmade by the Cub Scouts -- and hung on an "angel tree" that they decorate each year at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.
NEWS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 17, 1995
Old Kriss Kringle and his merry helpers made the rounds of Checkers drive-ins in Baltimore yesterday -- not to buy burgers and fries, but to hand out bags of toys to needy children.A volunteer crew of city officials and Checkers employees visited the fast-food chain's four franchises, where they were greeted by hundreds of children and their parents, who were drawn by radio announcements.The toy giveaway was Checkers' owner La-Van Hawkins' way of giving back to the communities that support his businesses throughout the year.
NEWS
By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | December 21, 1992
County children in foster homes, shelters and other "homes away from home" are celebrating this holiday season with the help of county employees and the Angel Tree program.The 6-year-old countywide program provides Christmas gifts for needy children. Thirty Christmas trees decorated with angels -- each bearing a child's name -- are placed in county offices. Employees pick an angel from the tree, then buy a gift for the child.The county Police Department, for example, has six trees, one in each district station, the Millersville headquarters and the Criminal Investigation Division in Crownsville, said department coordinator Nancy Silwick.
NEWS
By Tom Pelton and SUN STAFF | January 2, 1999
Jean Sykes, who for 40 years was known as "Mrs. Santa Claus" because she repaired thousands of toys for needy children at Christmas, died of lung cancer Thursday at her home in Owings Mills. She was 79.Using paintbrushes, drills and glue, Mrs. Sykes restored dolls, games and athletic equipment donated by local stores and civic organizations so the gifts could be distributed anonymously to families receiving public assistance in Baltimore County.The Sun wrote articles about the "Toy Lady" in 1975 and 1993, although Mrs. Skyes was reluctant to be interviewed and disliked having her work publicized, according to family and friends.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
An Ellicott City firehouse will be home to a train garden geared toward providing holiday gifts for needy children now through Jan. 1. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is holding the free open house for the 15th year, fire officials said. Visitors may bring money and new, unwrapped toys that will go to needy children in the county. The train garden is at Ellicott City Fire Station No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Road. It is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. The train garden is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Group tours can be arranged by calling 410-313-2036.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | December 23, 1991
For Elaine Erwin and her two children, the Christmas party sponsoredby the Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce on Saturday was a perfect pick-me-up for what could have been a sorrowful holiday.Erwin's husband, Michael, died two months ago. Of course, Christmas this year just won't be the same. But the annual Needy Children's party helped, if only for a day, raise the family's spirits."This helps me get through the holidays," Erwin said.For 11-year-old Heather and 8-year-old Krystal, the party at Martin Spalding High School meant food and gifts and Santa and music.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
Mary Ann Fulford, a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, helped launch a local version of the Backpack Buddies program at the church after she heard about it about four years ago. The national program provides weekend meals to needy children, and Fulford saw a need in her own community. The church started by providing food to 15 students at Georgetown East Elementary School in the spring of 2009. Today, the church provides meals to more than 60 children, at Georgetown East and at a second school, Mills-Parole Elementary in Annapolis.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
An Ellicott City firehouse will be home to a train garden geared toward providing holiday gifts for needy children now through Jan. 1. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is holding the free open house for the 15th year, fire officials said. Visitors may bring money and new, unwrapped toys that will go to needy children in the county. The train garden is at Ellicott City Fire Station No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Road. It is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. The train garden is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Group tours can be arranged by calling 410-313-2036.
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | November 28, 2012
The Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, Inc., along with the Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation, have designated the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps station as a Toys for Tots drop-off location again this year. "We are looking for new, unwrapped toys or clothing items that will be distributed to needy children in our community during this holiday season," Ambulance Corps spokesman Mark Hemler said. Last year the Ambulance Corps was again, the 3rd largest Toys for Tots drop off site in the State.
FEATURES
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
Angelica Fagan, 8, has a crystal-clear memory of the shoebox full of gifts she received when she lived at a Philippine orphanage with her two younger brothers. "She said it was the only Christmas present she had ever received, and she remembered everything that was in it," said Lauren Fagan, who adopted the three siblings 18 months ago. The Parkville family is filling boxes this year for other needy children around the world, as part of Operation Christmas Child, a 19-year-old international charity that expects to mail its 100 millionth shoebox of gifts overseas this season.
EXPLORE
November 29, 2011
Prince George's County Public School students will present " Holiday Extravaganza ," an evening filled with performances on Dec. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Wise High School's auditorium, 12650 Brooke Lane, in Upper Marlboro. Admission is $5. Toys will be collected for needy children.
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By Steve Jones | November 21, 2011
One could call it the "imperfect storm. " The weather is colder at the same time that the troubled economy has altered the living conditions of many area families, causing greater needs in many communities. The Rotary Club of Hunt Valley and two financial services firms, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and UBS, have combined to make the winter months more bearable for area children. Through a program known as Operation Warm, they have banded together to purchase new coats that will be given to needy children before the onset of another harsh winter.
NEWS
By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | December 23, 1990
Yes, Carroll County, there is a Santa Claus.Santa Claus Anonymous, a Baltimore charity that donates Christmas gifts to children, has expanded its services into Carroll this year."
NEWS
By Rob Kasper and Rob Kasper,rob.kasper@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
In keeping with a Baltimore tradition, partygoers will raise a glass - and money Thursday night for Christmas gifts for needy children. The wine tasting at the National Federation of the Blind benefits Santa Claus Anonymous, a local organization that has been providing holiday presents to kids for the past 75 years. This year the group hopes to raise $300,000, which will find its way to needy families via some 20,000 $15 gift certificates. Unique to Baltimore, Santa Claus Anonymous was started in 1934 by Theodore R. McKeldin, who went on to become mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, the only Republican to hold both offices.
NEWS
By JEAN MARBELLA | November 17, 2009
Remember when you were a kid, you and your friends spent hours wondering if it was worse to die in a fire or by drowning, or whether you'd rather be shot or stabbed? Now that I'm grown up, I ponder a different existentialist dilemma: Would I rather have my love life or my financial one on public display in a courtroom? In other words, is it more embarrassing for a boyfriend to testify about your nightly telephone conversations, or for someone to document how you bought a $1,779.
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