Christmas is coming, with the help of the police and community, as well as local churches and other organizations.
The Southeastern District Police Community Relations Council is working to supply needy families with all the makings of a happy holiday. Needed are donations of the following items:Toys: New, unwrapped toys for a variety of ages. Suggestions are puzzles, games, cars, action figures, books, dolls and more. Note: The police are asking that stuffed animals and rag dolls NOT BE DONATED this year.
Clothing: New children’s winter clothing in a variety of sizes for various ages.
Food: Canned goods and other non-perishable items such as green beans, corn, peas, carrots, cans of gravy, boxes of instant potatoes, dressing, macaroni and cheese, boxes of rice, sweet potatoes and cranberries.
All donations are tax deductible.
Items can be delivered to the following locations before Monday, Dec. 19:
*Southeastern District police station at 5710 Eastern Avenue;
*Chesapeake Bank on the corner of Eastern and Patterson Park avenues (bank business hours only);
*The Baltimore Guide, 526 S. Conkling Street (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
*O’Donnell Square (the Exchange club of Highlandtown/Canton will do collection) on Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
*St. Casimir Catholic School in Canton (school days and hours before Dec. 10)
Arrangements can be made for pick-up by contacting the Officer Rosa Ramirez at 410-637-8848.
Monetary donations can also be mailed to the address of SEDP-CRC, P.O. Box 25795, Baltimore, Maryland 21224.
Salem United Methodist/Hispanic Church, 3405 Gough Street, holds a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., to help benefit an elderly parishioner left homeless by the earthquake. Private donations accepted too. To reserve a table, call Vicky or Al at 410-477-2558. To donate, contact Pastor Jerry Gautcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys for needy kids. Bring in between now and Dec. 18 and get free musum admission for one child and one adult. Info: 410-727-4808, ext. 132.
St. Leo’s Church office, 227 S. Exeter Street, is collecting hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless.
The staff at Colombo Bank, 224 Albermarle Street in Little Italy, is collecting new and gently used blankets for the homeless. Drop off blankets (make sure they are clean and laundered), between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Church of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy hosts a Christmas dinner for the homeless on Monday, Dec. 19, noon-3 p.m. in the church hall, put on by The St. Anthony Society of St. Leo’s. Donations of desserts, especially assorted pies, as well as monetary donations to help offset the dinner costs. Bring items to the parish office. Mail donation checks to: St. Leo the Great, 227 S. Exeter Street, Little Italy, MD 21202. (Please identify a check donation as “Christmas Dinner for the Homeless.”)
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, 110 E. West St., is open to receive donations of non-perishable food items, toiletires (travel size or full size, new blankets (any size) and monetary donations, from Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or by appointment by calling 410-752-1336.
Canton Baptist Church, 3302 Toone St., is trying to keep the shelves of its food pantry full. To donate, call 410-563-1177 or stop by the church. Canned vegetables, fruit and meats, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, bread, crackers, pasta sauce, condensed, evaporated and powdered milk, bottled water and juices are all needed and welcome, as are cash and checks.
Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Road, has a food pantry to held families in the community. Those in need, or those wishing to donate food, call: 410-288-5136, Michael Fiorenza 410-633-3696.
Toys For Homeless Pets: The Maryland SPCA and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter are teaming up with the Baltimore Guide to collect supplies and toys for homeless cats and dogs, as well as supplies for the shelters themselves. Items can be dropped at the offices of the Baltimore Guide (526 S. Conkling St.) between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, or may be taken directly to the animal shelters (addresses below). Needed are donations of toys (dog and cat), as well as kennel supplies (cleaning products, etc.), pet supplies (collars and leashes), and office supplies (copy paper, markers, pens, etc.). Full lists can be found on the groups’ websites. The Maryland SPCA, located at 3300 Falls Rd. in Hampden: www.mdspca.org or 410-235-8826, or the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, located on Stockholm St. in South Baltimore: www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org or 410-396-4695.
Kibble Connection: The Maryland SPCA is partnering with Meals on Wheels to help provide food for the pets of the needy. The program welcomes dry and canned food for cats and dogs, as well as cat litter. Drop by the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Rd. in Hampden (call first to make sure of hours: 410-235-8826) or drop it off at the offices of the Baltimore Guide, 526 S. Conkling St. in Highlandtown and a volunteer will take it to the SPCA. Cat food and dog food donations, cat litter (and even monetary donations) can also be brought to the offices of Meals on Wheels on S. Haven St. in Highlandtown.
by Mary Helen Sprecher