Do these delightful cool autumn evenings have you ready for fire pit season? Call upon the campfire experts for your firewood and kindling needs.
Cub Scout Den leader Jim Cline, of Anneslie, wants the Towson community to consider supporting Stoneleigh Pack 352 when buying firewood supplies. Place your order with the scouts, and they will deliver right to your doorstep in late October or early November. An order form is available at stoneleighpack352.org. Funds raised help with pack camping trips and field trips, as well as upcoming community service projects, such as their annual leaf raking for neighbors in need, and holiday caroling at local senior centers. For another way to help the community, go ahead and mark your calendars now for Nov. 17, when Pack 352 will be at Stoneleigh Elementary School from 7 to 8 p.m. collecting used book donations for Baltimore Reads.
Sharing warmth with others as temperatures fall, the Loyola Blakefield winter coat drive, held Sept. 16 to 23, was a success. The Loyola Blakefield Mothers' Club reports that they collected 158 new or gently used coats, plus nearly 30 other accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, blankets), to distribute to Baltimore Outreach, Baltimore Station, House of Ruth, Karis Home, and Youth Empowered Society. A nice job by the Loyola Dons and their moms!
Another mom on a mission is Tina Stroup, of the Stroup Kids for Kids Epilepsy Foundation. Tina wants you to come out to Goucher College on Oct. 23, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., for the "Addielicious Walk to Help" 1-Mile Family Fun Walk. The event, named for Tina's daughter, Addie, supports a new advocacy program for families struggling to get their children with special needs into the proper educational setting.
"While there are already funding outfits for families of a lower economic status, too often middle class families go into debt trying to hire lawyers and educational consultants for their children," Tina explains. The event will feature ice cream, face painting, a bounce house, fire trucks, craft tables, music, athletic trainers, raffles, and more. For information, please visit stroupkidsforkids.org.
A local charity, ShareBaby, will hold its second annual "Diapers & Doughnuts" brunch Sunday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m., at Citron Restaurant on Quarry Lake Drive. ShareBaby has distributed more than 100,000 diapers, clothing, gear and essential items to Baltimore's babies through community-based organizations.
"Towson families have been very involved in donating diapers and clothing to us, and Fit 4 Moms of Towson has been a great partner," says ShareBaby's executive director, Amina Ross. Find information on the group and the brunch at www.sharebaby.org.
Stealing space for myself here: Pink is everywhere again for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I am more acutely "aware" than ever, as I was recently diagnosed with the disease after a routine screening. No woman thinks it will happen to her, but one in eight is wrong about that. Early detection is key, so never delay — schedule those mammograms and make sure loved ones do, too!