In an earlier column, I mentioned the Great Christmas Sale being held by the North East Social Action Program — or NESAP, whose stated mission is to provide crisis assistance to individuals and families — on Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Upperco. There is a lot more coming up for NESAP in the coming months.
To refresh, the Christmas sale will be held at the Upperco (Arcadia) volunteer fire company activities building, located at 16020 Carnival Ave., Upperco. They will have ornaments, movies, lights, music, books, toys and so much more. The proceeds benefit NESAP’s food, energy, medical, clothing, rent and transportation assistance programs for Carroll County residents. They will also have food available for purchase.
They are also in need of donations of food for their NESAP 2018 Holiday Food Drive to provide items for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are seeking items such as canned peas, corn, green beans, carrots, baked beans, sweet potatoes, fruit, applesauce, cranberry sauce, cake mix, icing;corn muffin mix, flavored ride side dishes, flavored noodles side dishes, plain rice, macaroni and cheese, large boxes of instant potatoes, gravy in cans, stuffing, soup, cereal, oatmeal, juice drinks, canned meats;beef stew, helper, canned pasta, pudding, Jell-O, Ramen noodles, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, spaghetti noodles, jelly and brownies.
In addition, they are seeking hygiene items such as toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, bars of bath soap, laundry detergent, liquid dish soap, and cleaning supplies (such as Lysol-type items).
They will also be participating in Giving Tuesday, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27. The day is set aside globally to remember others in need. Locally, your Giving Tuesday gift to NESAP will assist Carroll County and upper Baltimore County families that are in crisis. NESAP’s goal is to secure $12,500 in sponsorships and an equal match.
Matthews Tire and Auto Services in Hampstead have offered to allow NESAP to set up a three-day food collection site in front of their building, A Can for the Van, from Nov. 26 through Nov. 28. Their business is located at 1219 N. Main Street. A list of items needed are listed above.
NESAP is also working on their Thanksgiving assistance program, which provides a traditional holiday meal and extra food for additional meals. Families get a turkey, ham or gift card depending on their preference or availability.
Christmas is right around the corner as well and they aid with a food program that is like Thanksgiving; but also, a gift program. They coordinate a gift program for clients with churches, civic groups, individuals and families. Specific gifts needed and wished for are requested by the clients they serve and at the discretion of the group filling those needs, items are purchased, wrapped, and delivered. For those families not adopted they receive gift cards and caregivers purchase gifts at Walmart.
To assist NESAP in meeting those needs, they are seeking donations of food, money, and gift cards for $20 and $25 gift cards to Walmart would also be appreciated. If you would like to adopt a family, an older couple, or a single senior for Christmas, please let our assistance program staff know by calling the below number.
Lastly, NESAP is selling discount cards as a fundraiser. The cards are $5 each and valid from Dec. 1, 2018 through Dec. 1, 2019. The card is good for discounts at local businesses such as The Snowbar, Ricky’s Bistro, Fortune Inn, Greenmount Bowl, Spargos, Snickerdoodles, and many more. Cards will be available for purchase as of Nov. 10 at the Thrift Store.
For more information regarding NESAP, call the thrift store at 410-374-9099, which is located at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead. You may also call 410-239-6216 for details.
Fall Gun & Cash Bingo
The Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a Fall Gun & Cash Bingo on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the fire company.
The doors open at 5 p.m., dinner available until 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and all seats must have a ticket; and all those attending must be 18 years old or older. The proceeds benefit the auxiliary to the fire department.
There will be 20 regular bingo prizes, including but not limited to, a Ruger American Predatory 6.5 Creedmoor, a Browning A Bolt III .300win; and a Remington 700 ADL SS .243 with scope. There will be 10 games that payout $200 cash; and two jackpot games as well.
The meal is included in the ticket price and includes a dinner buffet of pit beef, pit ham, sides and more.
The fire department is located at 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. For tickets or information, call Jaclyn at 410-236-8369 or Justin at 717-965-2097.
Feast in Manchester
A Pit Beef, Ham, Oyster & Shrimp Feast is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Manchester Fireman’s Activities Building and is sponsored by the MVFD and Dug Hill Rod and Gun Club.
Food will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and music will play from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and there will be a silent auction, gun jars, a 13 Jar, 50/50 raffle and sure tip pull tabs as well.
The menu includes pit ham, pit beef, pit turkey, raw and fried oysters, steamed shrimp, fried chicken, baked beans, cream of crab soup, potato and macaroni salads, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, cheese and vegetable trays, hot dogs, dessert, beer and soda. No coolers or carry-out allowed, nor is it a BYOB event.
The activities building is located at 3297 York St., Manchester. For information or tickets, call Dennis at 443-375-1410 or Ron at 443-250-4846.
Ravens ticket raffle
The Hampstead Lionesses are holding a raffle for a pair of Ravens game tickets. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and the drawing will be held Nov. 13. You don’t have to be present to win.
The tickets are for the Nov. 25 game at M&T Stadium against the Raiders at 1 p.m. Tickets are available through any Lioness Club member, or by visiting any of the following local businesses: True Value Hardware, Matthews Tire, Towne Pride Interiors, Shipley’s Fine Jewelry, and Petals, Flowers and Gifts, all in Hampstead.
- Month Long Raffle: November, drawings each day. Held by Lazarus United Church of Christ. Tickets: $15 each. Information/tickets: Janice Lankford, email@example.com.
- Sportsman’s Bingo: Nov. 3, doors 4 p.m., dinner 4:30 p.m., bingo 7 p.m., Manchester Volunteer Fire Department activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester. Hosted by Manchester VFD and the United Coon Hunters Association. $40/person; includes dinner and bingo. Information/tickets: Richard, 410-984-1404; Jerry, 443-201-6959.
- Christmas show “Noel”: Nov. 7, sponsored by Pleasant Grove United Methodist Women. $92/person; includes show, a meal at Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant, motor coach ride. Bus leaves 8 a.m.; return 5:45 p.m. Information/sign up: Vola Osborn, 410-429-3922.
- Quarter Auction: Nov. 9, doors 6 p.m., auction, 7 p.m., Hampstead VFC, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. Hosted by/benefits: Hampstead Ravens. $15/per person; includes $10 in quarters; two paddles. Information/tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shiela Johnson covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at email@example.com or 410-412-6787.