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Church seeks 'Bikes and Bags' for the needy [Cockeysville]

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Church seeks 'Bikes and Bags' for the needy

The Bikes and Bags Drive, underway at Epworth United Methodist Church, in Cockeysville, offers opportunities to help those in need, locally and globally. First, church members are collecting luggage for foster kids on behalf of a local agency, Arrow Child & Family Ministries. Based in Baltimore since 1996, the organization has a mission of helping children and strengthening families through a variety of services. They have a dire need for luggage and backpacks for children who often carry their belongings in trash bags, for lack of a better alternative. Church members are asking for donations of new luggage or backpacks of any type; they are particularly interested in donations for those aged 13-21, who have the greatest need. Bags can be dropped off any time at the church, located at 600 Warren Road.

Epworth Church is also sponsoring its third annual bike collection drive, which benefits Bikes for the World, a nonprofit that delivers used bikes to new owners in other countries, who use the bikes as transportation to school, work or health services.

"Your bike and a suggested $10 donation help deserving individuals gain affordable transportation in rural areas worldwide," said Matt Steiner, organizer of the Bike and Bags Drive. "Your old bike could help transform lives."

Bike Collection Day at Epworth is Saturday, Oct. 15, though arrangements for a pick-up of your donated bike can be made by contacting Steiner at

Last year, the bike drive garnered nearly 50 bicycles that were sent to Costa Rica; the mission team at Epworth hopes to increase that number this year. Monetary donations are also accepted for the purchase of additional luggage, along with some personal items to be placed in each bag. Donations will also help defer the cost of processing and shipping the bikes overseas. Donations can be sent directly to the church. Contact Steiner for more information.

A trio of local elementary schools have some new faces on their administrative teams this school year as Warrren, Padonia and Mays Chapel welcomed new assistant principals. First, welcome to Kristine Brugge, over at Warren Elementary School. Mrs. Brugge is a 10-year veteran of Baltimore County Public Schools and is very excited to work with the wonderful staff and students at Warren. Padonia International Elementary School is glad to have Daniel Pizzo as its new assistant principal. Mr. Pizzo got his start as an elementary school teacher and was most recently the assistant principal at Seventh District Elementary School. Finally, Magan Chyko-Leigh joins the staff at Mays Chapel Elementary School. Mrs. Chyko-Leigh has an extensive background in special education and deaf studies and has been with the county school system for sixteen years.

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