Local organizations ask for support during the holidays

Dec. 12, 2003, midnight | By Allison Elvove | 17 years, 1 month ago

Blair students have opportunity to help less fortunate

Blair students can give donations and volunteer at various organizations in Montgomery County to help the less fortunate this holiday season. The following information is compiled from the November 27 issue of The Washington Post Montgomery Extra.

Community Companions Program
The organization is asking for new toys, video games, nonperishable food and furniture for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. It is located at 1010 Grandin Avenue in Rockville and is open from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Call the above number to arrange a delivery time for donations. For more information, contact Andrea Richardson.

Friends of the Library
The group is asking for new books to be donated for elementary and middle school children. Contributions can be delivered at 99 Maryland Avenue in Rockville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Hearts and Homes for Youth Inc.
301-589-8444, extension 206
The organization is asking for clothing, books, compact disc players, gift certificates and sports equipment. Donations can be dropped off at 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 800 in Silver Spring from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. To arrange for a pickup of large donations, call the above number. For more information, contact Layshadea Grady, or go to Hearts and Homes for Youth Inc.'s website.

Hospice Caring Inc.
Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts as a fundraiser for the needy at Barnes and Noble, which is located at 4801 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from now until December 24. For more information, check out Hospice Caring Inc.'s website.

Life Skills Workshop Inc.
The group is asking for 75 $25 gift certificates as well as for volunteers to help at the yearly holiday reunion for women who are recovering from an addiction, mental illness or financial problem. Certificates should be mailed to the following address: Life Skills Workshop Inc., P.O. Bov 2273, Kensington, MD 20891. For more information, contact Teresa Gardner-Williams, or go to Life Skills Workshop Inc.'s website.

Mental Health Associations of Montgomery County
301-424-0656, extension 109
This organization is asking for personal grooming items, liquid soap, dental supplies, playing cards, games, scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters and small radios for people with mental illnesses. The holidays gifts should be unwrapped and in unbreakable containers. They must be dropped of at 1000 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville by December 12 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marsha Teichman or to Mental Health Associations of Montgomery County's website.

Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Service Center
This group can provide a list of volunteer opportunities and of local organizations in need of donations. Call the above number for more information.

National Center for Children and Families
301-365-4480, extension 113
This organization is asking for contributions of unwrapped gifts, such as art supplies, sporting goods, board games, action figures, disposable cameras and gift certificates for children. Presents should be dropped off at 6301 Greentree Road in Bethesda from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by December 15. For more information, contact Elise Goede or to National Center for Children and Families' website.

Rockville Holiday Drive 2003
The group is asking for monetary donations as well as for new and unwrapped toys. During business hours, contributions can be deposited at the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services located at 32 Courthouse Square, at the Rockville Senior Center located at 1150 Carnation Drive or on the back porch of the Glenview Mansion located on Baltimore Road and Edmonston Drive. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, donations will be collected at the Rockville police station at City Hall located at 111 Maryland Avenue. Checks should be made payable to the Rockville Holiday Drive Fund and sent to the following address: Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Rockville Holiday Drive, 32 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850.

Silver Spring YMCA Youth Services
301-593-1160, extension 12
The organization is asking for toys and gift certificates for children between the ages of one and seventeen. These unwrapped gifts should be deposited at 9601 Colesville Road, in Silver Spring by December 12 at 4:30 p.m. Call the above number to arrange for a delivery or contact Jonah Green for more information.

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Allison Elvove. Allison Elvove was a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Silver Chips Online during the 2004-2005 school year. She wrote more than 70 articles while on the staff and supervised 40 student journalists, editing articles on a daily basis. During her time as editor, Silver Chips Online won the … More »

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