Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Do you have items you no longer need? A number of holiday collections are underway and items can be easily donated at one location. Find out more!
Are you buying a new winter jacket? Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Did your kids get duplicate toys this year? Did Santa bring you a new cell phone? If you have items you’d like to toss but aren’t sure what to do with them, a number of collections are taking place in Montgomery County and items can be dropped off right at the Salvation Army at 18705 North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD. You can also drop off items at Goodwill of Greater Washington at 619 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg or 4816 Boiling Brook Parkway in Rockville. Have any unwrapped, unused toys? They can be donated to Toys for Tots in 2013. If you have coats you no longer need, donations are being collected through many local churches. Cell …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Yearly Christmas breakfast for homeless and low-income residents has seen an uptick in guests this year.
An annual Christmas breakfast event for homeless and low-income residents is expanding this year, and the Original Pancake House is looking for donations of outerwear to offer its guests. The breakfast has become a Christmas tradition for the community's needy at the Bethesda and Falls Church Original Pancake House locations. Each year, the restaurant coordinates with social services agencies to put on the event, and nearly 100 volunteers help out with cooking, serving and cleaning up. About 300 guests attended last year, and this year that number has more than doubled to 700, according to Original Pancake House reps. More than enough volunteers will be on hand to help, but donations of coats, hats, gloves, hoodies and sweaters for kids …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
A handy guide to donating toys this holiday season.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Ben Gross
Thursday, November 15, 2012
In 1947, Diane Hendricks made a doll and asked her husband, Maj. Bill Hendricks, US Marine Corps Reserve, to find a local charity in the Los Angeles area that would give it to a needy child. When he was unable to locate one, she suggested that he start one. That year, Maj. Hendricks teamed with other Marine reservists, collecting and distributing 5,000 toys to children that year. In 1948, the Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program and it has been running steadily since, with the help of celebrities such as Bob Hope, Kenny Rodgers and First Lady Michelle Obama. One little known fact – Walt Disney designed the organization’s logo. You can drop off toys at Toys and/or Babies R Us, or one of the locations listed below. You can also …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Help a neighbor in need this Thanksgiving by donating food.
The Montgomery County Volunteer Center is seeking donations to help create Thanksgiving baskets for county residents in need. Items sought include: Donations will be accepted at A Wider Circle, located at 9159 Brookeville Rd. in Silver Spring, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. between Nov. 1 and 20, 2012. Catholic Charities of DC is looking to help feed low-income Montgomery County residents this Thanksgiving. You can help with food donations in one of two ways: Donations will be taken at the Catholic Charities location in Silver Spring at 12247 Georgia Ave. They are also looking for volunteers to assist with picking up and distributing holiday packages, contact them at 301-942-1790 for more …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Kemp Mill church plans to send the supplies to Holmdel, NJ, for those recovering from the effects of superstorm Sandy.
St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Kemp Mill has joined with two other local parishes to send emergency supplies to St. Benedict Catholic Church in Holmdel, NJ, for distribution in surrounding communities. According to the St. Andrew's secretary, the priests at the two churches know each other personally. Soley Somma, a Wheaton resident and a St. Andrew parishoner, is running a separate drive to collect items for people in New York City who were affected by Sandy. Any leftover donations from Somma's house will go toward the St. Andrew effort for Holmdel, she said. St. Andrew will be collecting donations at the church until Nov. 8. See the attached flier for more details. Is your community or faith organization helping with the Sandy …
Soley Somma plans to drive a truckload of donations to New York City Tuesday morning to help victims of superstorm Sandy.
Wheaton resident Soley Somma has strong connections to New York City. It's where she met her husband, and it's where her brother now lives. And on Tuesday, Somma and her mother will be driving to the city with a truckload of donations for the people left cold, hungry and powerless in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Somma began collecting food and other emergency items on Friday at her home, and word spread quickly. She and other volunteers worked from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, sorting through items and labeling them. "Every single room in my house is filled," she said. Somma is coordinating with Queens Mama, a neighborhood network for parents in New York, and she will be delivering supplies to Rockaway, Queens, a peninsula particularly hard-…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A Kensington man organized a drive that collected six tons of food and water.
A Kensington man organized a food drive that helped West Virginia residents devasted by June 29's "derecho" storm. James Mollenauer collected six tons of food and water from his neighbors Montgomery County residents and delivered the goods to Oak Hill Lewis Christian Center in Fayette County, WV Saturday, according to St. Paul's United Methodist Church's website. Mollenauer got help from fellow church members and began the collection July 12 in the church's parking lot, the church's Facebook page stated. Members and residents were asked to "fill the truck" with food. He got food drive idea from watching TV coverage of storm damage, The Gazette reported. Add photos from the food drive here or other St. Paul's charity work.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Are you looking for a way you can give back this holiday season? Patch has put together a list of nonprofits who need your assistance.
Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community this holiday season? Here are several organizations looking for donations and help from community members in Montgomery County. Please feel free to add to this list in the comments section below. Donate grocery gift cards from $10 to $20 dollars for adults-only families 9159-C Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Mon. thru Sat. from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m and Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Holiday hours: Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Christmas Day 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monetary donations, clothing, fresh vegetables, small furniture, coats, socks and toiletries Mon. thru Thurs. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food donations. Click on the grocery items that you would like to donate. P.O. Box 1612 Germantown…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Hair Cuttery salons have partnered with Krausey's Koats to help those in need stay warm this winter.
Calling all gently used coats, jackets, scarves, hats, and mittens. Hair Cuttery salons across the Washington metro area are collecting cold weather gear for Krausey's Koats, a national effort to ensure those in need stay warm this winter. Hair Cuttery, a division of Ratner Companies, partnered with the Krausey's Koats campaign in 2010 in the Philadelphia area and successfully collected 6,500 coats, according to a Ratner Companies media release. "This year," said Dennis Ratner, Hair Cuttery founder and CEO, "with the expansion of the program into other regions of the country, we hope to collect even more cold-weather clothing for those in need. That would certainly make it a merrier holdiay for all of us." Krausey's Koats was started by …