In light of recent news articles pertaining to homelessness in Harford County, Harford Mall management is partnering with the Welcome One Emergency Shelter in a collection and donation drive to benefit the shelter.
The collection drive, called Have a Heart for Harford's Homeless, is taking place until Feb. 29. The goal of the Have a Heart for Harford's Homeless campaign is to collect needed items from the Welcome One wish list, as well as monetary donations.
Donations for the shelter can be placed in the display area at Harford Mall's center court. Mall representatives will be on hand throughout the donation period to accept monetary donations to the shelter.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the mall to provide some much needed assistance to our neighbors in Harford County," Harford Mall General Manager Lauri Altman said in a news release. "It is one small way that we as a community can give back to those who need it."
The kickoff for Harford Mall's campaign was last Friday afternoon in the mall's center court.
Welcome One Emergency Shelter representatives Susan Moscareillo, executive director, and Cindy Cole, community relations manager, spoke to the audience regarding the shelter and their needs.
For the many homeless men and women in Harford County, the only place to turn is the Welcome One Emergency Shelter in Belcamp.
Every night, 28 men and women are sheltered from the weather and the misfortunes of life in the full-service residence. Welcome One is the only full-service emergency shelter in Harford County. The shelter is supported through generous donations from area churches, local businesses, special events and fundraising by volunteers and by government grants.
Owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn., Harford Mall in Bel Air is a 500,000-square-foot regional shopping destination featuring more than 80 stores and eateries and is anchored by Macy's, Old Navy and Sears.