Russett: Haunted barn and hayrides happening at Anne Arundel County Fair

Happy Halloween!

Come one, come all to the Anne Arundel County Fair's 23rd annual Halloween Happening, with haunted barn and hayride events on Fridays, Oct. 19 and 26 and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the fairgrounds in Crownsville. Reservations are required. Call 410-923-3400 or go to for more details. Volunteers are needed for the Halloween event. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent sign a permission form.

The Christmas season in all its beauty is fast approaching and with that comes the spirit of giving. Keeping that in mind, I am pleased to announce that Russett is once again an official Toys For Tots donation site this holiday season. Come by the Russett Community Center between Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Dec. 14 and help support the program by donating a new, unwrapped toy during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Toys For Tots program has been going strong for more than 60 years and you may be wondering how the program got started. Well, it began in December 1947, when Marine Reserve Maj. Bill Hendricks' wife, Diane, made a handcrafted doll and asked her husband to deliver the doll to an organization that would be able to give it to a needy child on Christmas Day. Hendricks went out to find an agency that would provide such a service, but to no avail. To solve this dilemma, Hendricks, along with members of his Los Angeles Marine Reserve Unit, collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children in Los Angeles during Christmas 1947 and the idea for the Toys For Tots program was born.

Let's all do our part to help make a child's holiday a little brighter this year and drop off a new, unwrapped toy. To learn more about the program, go to As the saying goes, "A small act of kindness goes a long way."

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