Dayton Oaks students helping to fight hunger [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Many local students are actively working to fight hunger in Howard County. Every month the students at Dayton Oaks Elementary collect and deliver groceries to senior citizens at the Morningside Park Apartments in Jessup.

The program is called Food on the 15th and it is designed to provide free groceries around the middle of the month, which is when the residents begin to run out of money and have to choose between buying medicine, or food.

The students collect nonperishable items throughout the month, sort the items so each resident gets a variety of foods and then fill 18 to 20 grocery bags. With their parent's help, they take the food to Morningside Apartments and give the bags to the residents.

Both the students and the seniors look forward to the day when the groceries are delivered. It's especially nice for the students because they get to meet the people they are helping.

Students at Folly Quarter Middle School collected food for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for Howard County families that were recommended to them by Neighbor Network. The baskets contained typical Thanksgiving food, household cleaning items and personal care items.

The Outreach Committee and Leo Club students sorted and filled the baskets and delivered them to the families before Thanksgiving. Our young neighbors are learning about the rewards of volunteering, and experiencing the sense of accomplishment that comes from helping someone.

Are you ready to do some holiday shopping, but can't find a babysitter, and you can't shop with your children? On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Glenelg United Methodist Church will host the second annual Child Care While You Shop charity fundraiser.

The Methodist church women will watch your children while you get ready for the holidays. Children will be treated to stories, snacks, seasonal crafts, games and outdoor activities, if the weather permits.

Fees are $25 for the first child, $10 for the second or $40 for a family. Spaces will be limited, so contact Donna Brackins to reserve your spot by sending an email to Proceeds will go to the local Susannah Wesley's House to help women in Baltimore.

St. Nicholas will visit St. Andrew's Church in Glenwood on Saturday, Dec 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your family for a delicious breakfast and lots of fun activities. Breakfast will be $8 for adults and $6 for children under 10.

Bring a can of food to donate to the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry. There will be crafts and fun for the children, wreaths and gifts for sale and a St. Nick Shop where children can shop and wrap gifts for their parents. Be sure to bring your camera to capture your child's visit with St. Nick. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Lynne at 410-442-5445. Tickets will be available at the door.

The Glenelg Marching Unit Boosters will sell Florida citrus fruit in December. The deadline to place your order for December delivery is Friday, Nov. 29. The fruit will be delivered to Glenelg High School on Saturday, Dec 14, between noon and 2 p.m. Call Meredith Haussler at 410-442-0263 or email Dianne Kvech at for more information. Citrus fruit makes a great gift for friends and family. Haussler says, "They are so fresh that if you keep them in a cool dark place, they will last at least a month. Remember, citrus prevents scurvy!"

I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for the wonderfully talented young people who have entertained us this fall. From the Howard County champion Glenelg High School Varsity football team, which provided my family with lots of exciting football action, to the Glenelg Marching Unit with its entertaining halftime show, to the talented musicians and actors who wowed us with their wonderful performance of "The Little Mermaid," we have some amazingly talented students in our neighborhood.

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