West Friendship: Another big charity bake sale for Ellie Feaga

Oh that Ellie. She's done it again.

Who would believe that a petite fifth grade student from Bushy Park Elementary could earn over $2,800 with a single bake sale? I believe it because I have seen this earnest community volunteer at work.

In the past three years, this young lady has earned over $6,000 ( with every penny going to a charity) through her bake sales.

Ellie Feaga held her charity bake sale on Nov. 3 and was thrilled when the donations kept pouring in. Her chosen charity this year is the food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church.

On Dec. 15, Ellie will present the staff at the food pantry with more than 30 packed cartons loaded with all the fixings for a holiday meal. Inside each box, Ellie has packed a small bell as a reminder to keep the Christmas spirit alive.

Ellie plans on being at the church food pantry on Dec. 15 to assist in handing out the cartons of food. Volunteers at the pantry are overwhelmed at Ellie's huge donation.

The pantry has grown from serving just three families, during its inception in 2011, to now serving over thirty local families. Community support for this endeavor has been remarkable, according to church volunteers.

The pantry is open on the third Saturday of each month, 9 to 11 a.m., at Glenelg United Methodist Church on Burnt Woods Road. A current need is laundry detergent.

Mark your calendar for Dec. 15 when a family-friendly Live Nativity is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church in West Friendship.

Church members will narrate and re-enact the Christmas story on the front lawn. Cookies, hot chocolate and community spirit are what make this happening an event to look forward to. St. James is on Route 99.

The students, staff and family members of the West Friendship Elementary community will enjoy cheesecake, stacks of great books and family fun at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Ellicott City on Dec. 13.

A portion of the proceeds from sales made between 6 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 will benefit the West Friendship Elementary PTA programs. Come join in the fun.

Just as in other years, Harbin Farms is donating a percentage of sales to the West Friendship Elementary PTA programs. Just mention your connection to West Friendship Elementary when purchasing trees, greens, garlands or wreaths at the Bethany Lane and Route 99 market.

Sandi Hawkins and fellow West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department auxiliary members are so pleased with the great amount of donations that filled the Station 3 Toys for Tots bins. A great community effort. Well done.

Pianist Nathaniel Espey will perform traditional carols and hymns from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton. Hot cider, handmade pottery and crafts, textile art and holiday gifts galore are in store for those who visit Greenbridge during the holidays. The pottery barns will be open during the season Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

Young adults in the community are invited to a bonfire at the Shrine of St. Anthony at 12290 Folly Quarter Road on Dec. 15, 8:30 to 10 p.m. The free event will include S'mores and fellowship around the bonfire, which follows an Advent Adoration in the Chapel from 7 to 8 :30 p.m.

Speaking of the Shrine of St. Anthony, Brother Gerry Seipp is once again welcoming the public to enjoy his outstanding and huge holiday train garden display. Brother Gerry loves trains and has been collecting since his boyhood days in Baltimore.

The train garden set up will be in place and open for viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in December and January. Next up is Dec. 16. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

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