Tryphenia A. Ellis-Johnson, co-owner of Liberty Tax in North Laurel, said her office's food distribution efforts at Christmas were "very successful," and that 50 families were provided with hams and non-perishable groceries on Dec. 24.
Ellis-Johnson said her Gorman Road tax business partnered with school officials at Maryland City, Brock Bridge, Laurel Woods and Bollman Bridge elementary schools, who distributed food vouchers to school families they identified as being in need. The vouchers were redeemed at the Liberty Tax offices Christmas Eve.
Food was donated by the schools, Ellis-Johnson said, and donations were also collected during a cookout party she held in the parking lot. Weis Markets donated hot dogs, chips and bottled water for the party.