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Again this year, The Avenue at White Marsh partnered with The Salvation Army to brighten the holidays for children in need with the Stuff A Stocking program.

Now, it's almost time to drop those stockings off so they can be delivered. Did you remember to stuff the stocking with age-appropriate items for the boy or girl you have chosen and omit any perishables? Lisa Geiger, marketing manager for The Avenue mentioned, "The items in the stocking do not need to be wrapped. We typically see most of the stockings delivered to us the weekend before they are needed. I know one person picked up 12 stockings for a group project"!

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Leaving the items unwrapped would be a time saver but wrap away if you like. I'm sure the recipients will enjoy the unwrapping. Then, print out or affix a handwritten label with the age/gender of the child you've created your stocking for. Pin it to your stocking and bring it to either "Crazy 8" or "The Management Office" during business hours. Your stocking may also be dropped off at Salvation Army locations on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To make sure your Christmas stocking finds a home in time for Christmas, it must be dropped off at the Avenue by December 14. If anyone should be unable to meet the deadline, Lisa offers the following suggestion, "Anyone who misses the deadline can drop their donation off at any Salvation Army location. If necessary, we will reach out to our contact to arrange for a pick-up". It's as easy as that to help some needy children have a happier holiday! Don't forget! Santa's mailbox is located outside of Barnes & Noble Café throughout the holiday season. Families can find letter writing supplies at the Customer Service area inside. It's never too late to write to Santa!

The final concerts in Macy's Sounds of the Season takes place at the White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd, 21236, in front of Macy's on Dec 17, 18 and 19 from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of music groups from our community as they perform some of your favorites to get you in the holiday spirit. Also, Santa's last day at the mall for the 2015 season is Dec 24!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the entire neighborhood!

In the spirit of this giving season, my heartfelt thanks are sent to the individuals in our community who contributed to the Perry Hall/Kingsville column this past year including Lisa Geiger, marketing manager for the Avenue at White Marsh/Federated Realty; Baltimore County Councilman David Marks; Thomas McMahan with American Legion Post 130; Toni Torsch, director of the Daniel Carl Torsch Foundation and mother of the late Daniel Carl Torsch; turtle rescuers Dawn Miles and Holly Phipps Adams; Del. Eric Bromwell; Priscillia Calvert with the Women's Club of Perry Hall and Arnolia United Methodist Church volunteer; geese rescuer Kim Hewitt; Kathy Woods, director of the Phoenix Wildlife Center; Chad Casserly, assistant director of the Seven Oaks Senior Center; Dawn Donovan, president, and Carolyn V. King of the Women's Club of Perry Hall; Lynn Richardson, president of the Perry Hall White Marsh Business Association; Andrew Hacke with the "Angel Park" committee, all those who sent updates, announcements and events, and especially to the faithful readers! Your input is invaluable and greatly appreciated. May you enjoy a healthy and prosperous 2016!

Looking for some enjoyment and relaxation for a good cause the day after Christmas? Join in the fun as Adopt a Homeless Animal Rescue (AAHA) hosts "AAHA's Bowling for Doggies" at the Parkville Lanes, 7607 Harford Road in Parkville. You get two hours of duckpin bowling, shoe rental and a slice of pizza for $20. In addition, Parkville Lanes has a good selection of beer, wine, soda, sandwiches and snacks available for purchase. This event takes place Saturday, Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. While the event is scheduled in that time slot, you are welcome to come out and start bowling as late as 10 p.m., because the bowling alley stays open until midnight. Credit cards are accepted, and there is an ATM on the premises. All proceeds from this evening go to helping the dogs of AAHA.

Please join in wishing a huge community "Congratulations!" to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks and Rachael Gingrich on their recent marriage! Here's to a lifetime of happiness together!

The American Legion Post 130, located at 8666 Silver Lake Drive in Perry Hall, hosts bingo every Thursday evening, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for lite-fare dinner, and bingo begins promptly at 7 p.m. Also, every Friday at 5:30 p.m. the legion hosts a three-entrée dinner with the price variable for each entrée. Support your local veterans organization. For more info, call American Legion Post 130 at 410-870-0625.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! To share your news, announcement or event in the Perry Hall, Kingsville area, send an e-mail to write2shell@yahoo.com or call 443-286-5881.

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