Neighbors in the News: Students attend Howard County NAACP Youth Community Health Fair

Students from the Southeast Horizon Council attended the Howard County NAACP Youth Council Community Health Fair Nov. 19, at the Ridgeley Run Community Center, in Jessup.

The event targeted the needs of children and teens by providing valuable information on nutrition and exercise.

The Horizon Foundation's current initiatives include implementing strategies to improve healthful eating, physical activity and other positive lifestyle changes.

Attending the Health Fair to learn more about what is being done locally to improve health and wellness of teens were, from left, Candace Johnson, of Reservoir High School; Betsy Maltez, of Hammond High School; and Marcos Miranda, of Reservoir High School. The three stopped to talk to vendors about healthy foods and skin care products.

From left, Charles and Betty Roberts, of Mount Airy, donated 50 lap blankets and blankets handmade by the Community Knitting and Crocheting Group, of Columbia, to the local Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts and companionship to seniors who otherwise might not receive either this holiday season. Receiving the donation on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care is Pamela Urnowey, right.

Home Instead Senior Care of Arnold and Ellicott City organized the local Be a Santa to a Senior program along with project partners Anne Arundel County Department on Aging, Howard County Department on Aging, Meals on Wheels, Partner's in Care, Girl Scout Troop 5339, Walmart, Kmart, Berman Goldman & Ribakow LLP, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Morningside House of Friendship and Sunrise Senior Living in Severna Park.

The National Art Honor Society and Art Club at Marriotts Ridge High School raised $902 for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at a High Tea prior to the school production of "Charlie's Aunt." Tea included both savory and sweet foods and freshly brewed herbal and black teas. In addition to the refreshments, attendees took home tea cups created by the students.

The Marriotts Ridge High Tea was an Empty Bowls event and is part of an international effort to fight hunger and raise awareness. Grassroots, the beneficiary of the fundraiser, is Howard County's only 24-hour crisis intervention center and homeless shelter.

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