Sometimes, the inspiration and hope to help others comes at a time when it seems like hope is the last thing available. Such was the case for Drops of Love Foundation founder Brandy Supik.
In 2013, the Brooklyn Park resident’s brother, Charles, fell on hard times due to a workplace injury and became addicted to the pain medication he was prescribed. He soon found himself homeless because of his substance abuse issues. Supik would bring him food and other essentials while he was living on the street.
“He soon introduced me to others that were homeless and I quickly realized that not all of these panhandlers and homeless people are bad people,” Supik said. “He completely opened my eyes to another side of life that I never really knew about.”
Feeling she “needed to let the others know there are good people in this world willing to lend a helping hand,” Supik created the Drops of Love Foundation, a charity that supports the homeless and those in need in the Baltimore area.
In 2013, Supik held the organization’s first Share the Love event, in which clothing and other household goods are collected and donated to those in need. Held in March at the Church of God on 9th Street in Brooklyn each year, the event is now held in honor of two people very close to Supik’s heart: her brother, Charles, who passed away in March 2017, and Kiersten Walko, a teenaged hit-and-run victim who died in November.
“They both were huge factors to the Share the Love event,” Supik said. “They both worked the event and supported behind the scenes every year. Now, we honor them by continuing to help the neighborhood of Brooklyn with no judgments.”
Together with her husband Joseph, her son Joey, and her goddaughters Jade Schmidt and Jaelyn Thomas, Supik and other Drops of Love volunteers have helped about 10,000 people through events held during the year since it was started, including creating blessing bags for police officers, baskets of goodies for firemen, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and adopt-a-child for Christmas, for families in need.
The charity is collecting items, such as toiletries and snacks, for packages to be sent to American troops in Afghanistan.
“My brother Ken is deployed over there at the moment so he is my resource guy to make sure that the boxes of goodies are getting to the troops,” Supik said.
Although helping others is certainly a highlight for Supik, it’s not what she enjoys most about running the foundation.
“My favorite part of Drops of Love is getting to see all of the amazing people step forward to help complete strangers,” Supik said. “So many beautiful people helping others without expecting anything in return.”
To learn more about the Drops of Love Foundation and to donate, visit www.facebook.com/dropsoflove15.
Woman’s Club scholarship recipients
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Linthicum Heights awarded over $10,000 in scholarships this year — the most the club has ever given ou — to deserving students in the area.
The club gave $1,500 each to high school seniors Joshua Lyons of Mount Saint Joseph High School; Delaney Hill of Mount de Sales Academy; and Jared Hampton, Sarah Ford, Andrew Hoak, Stephanie Haigis and Angelina Poteet of North County High School.
The club also handed out awards for academic achievement to Alan Ramirez and Therisa Phan of Brooklyn Park Middle School, and Justin Haver and Skylar Baron from Lindale Middle School.
Creative writing awards were given to Heather Spence of Belle Grove Elementary School; Morgan Zcosnowski of George Cromwell Elementary School; Nathaniel Kattic of Hilltop Elementary School; Sylvia Randle, Dominic Lanasa and Jackson Burke from Linthicum Elementary School; and Talia Hobbs of North Glen Elementary School.
Additionally, the club honored Overlook Elementary School teacher Debora McGowan with a $100 award in the Adopt-a-Teacher Program, to help teachers with their out-of-pocket expenses.
Vacation Bible School
St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road in Linthicum, will offer the vacation Bible school Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus, July 9-13, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10 per child.
Visit http://www.sjlc.org/vbs to register and call 410-859-0020 for more information.
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