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Holiday Helpers Needed

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Baltimore County Department of Social Services

Holiday Projects


These donors provide food for the holiday meal and other non-perishables, a new toy/gift for each child and perhaps clothing item for each family member.  The donor(s) will be contacted with the name, address, phone number of the recipient and the first names, ages and sex of each child.  The donor then uses this information to contact the family, discuss any special needs, and arrange a specific date and time for delivery. 

Toy Drive

The Volunteer Office of DSS coordinates "Toy Stores" where parents can choose new toys for their children.  They are staffed by volunteers in donated space with new, donated toys.  You may help by donating new unwrapped toys or making a cash donation to the Fund for Social Welfare, a charitable organization, for toy purchases.  Toys for all age groups (up to 14) are needed with value ranging from $10 to $30.  Organizations may place a display in their lobby or shop.  Gifts are needed by December 12.

Food Baskets

Donors prepare food baskets which the clients can pick up or which the donors may deliver to the client.  Some suggested ingredients:  cranberry sauce, cold/hot cereal, instant mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, cookies, canned tuna, canned sweet potatoes, canned fruit, soup, stuffing, canned vegetables, fruit juices.  A food certificate for the perishable items (including turkey or ham), additional staple items, and personal needs (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc) are welcome.

Mitten/Sock/Hat/Undies Tree

We distribute these items at our "Toy Stores" along with donated toys.  All sizes are needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Ward, Director, Volunteer Office, Baltimore County DSS at 410-853-3024.



Donate new toys, clothing and educational items for Maryland Families


These are difficult times, many families struggle with making ends meet.  The holiday season brings out the importance of family, but unfortunately many find that they have little or no money to spend on making this time extra special.  The PMJ Foundation would like every family to fee remembered and blessed this holiday season.  They invite you to join them in making this joyous time of the year special for children and families in need by donating NEW clothing, toys and/or money. 

Volunteers are need to post flyers to promote the campaign, become a collection location or distribute collected items.  Monetary donations can be made out to:  The Preston Mitchum Jr. Foundation, P. O. Box 20301, Baltimore, MD  21284PMJ's goal is to help 1,000 families this year.  Be part of that goal this holiday season! 

For more information on where to drop off your donations or to volunteer call 410-529-3844 or visit www.pmjfoundation.org 



December 25, 2007

Join hundreds of volunteers to create and distribute winter survival kits and/or volunteer at various agencies on Community Vitzvah Day.  Volunteers are needed throughout the community to help serve meals, run activities, and assist staff at soup kitchens, shelters, nursing homes and more.  If you are interested in making a difference on Community Mitzvah Day, contact Erica Schwartz at 410-843-7499 or eschwarts@associated.org .  Community Mitzvah Day is organized by Jewish Volunteer Connection a program of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.


Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Foundation

December 1st at Centennial Park in Ellicott City


December 9th at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore City

Volunteers are needed to help with the T-Shirt Table, Food Tables, Water Stops, as Greeters, Finishline Helpers, Course Marshalls, Goodie Bag Table and Registration Tables.  All volunteers receive a FREE special long-sleeved event volunteer T-shirt and goodie bag.

For more information and how to help the Arthritis Foundation call Ashley (Warnick) Cress at 410-654-6570 ext. 277 or e-mail acress@arthritis.org.


Arbutus VFD Annual Train Garden

The 14th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Garden

From November 25th to January 5th

Weeknights from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Weekends from 11:00am - 8:30pm

Christmas Eve from 11:00am - 4:00pm

New Year Eve from 11:00am - 4:00pm

New Year's Day from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Southwestern Blvd., Arbutus, MD 21227

Sponsored by Baltimore County Volunteers.

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