North Carroll: Local business Hampstead Preowned giving back

A scene from last year's Hampstead Preowned Christmas party.
A scene from last year's Hampstead Preowned Christmas party. (Courtesy photo)

Hampstead Preowned is in the giving spirit, not just during the holidays, but all year round. Currently they are hard at work to raise funds for the Humane Society of Carroll County, provide Thanksgiving dinners to those in need, collect coats and warm weather items for those that need them, and will be having a Christmas party.

For the Humane Society, they are providing a car for the Humane Society raffle to be held Dec. 8 at the Humane Society Tails at Twilight to be held at Martins. Tickets are $25 each and the proceeds benefit the HSCC’s Medical Fund. There will only be 750 tickets sold.


The winner, who doesn’t need to be present to win, will receive any car of their choice up to $8,000 or a credit of $8,000 towards a car at Hampstead Preowned. The winner is responsible for any taxes and fees. Tickets are available for purchase at Hampstead Preowned, the Humane Society of Carroll County, and the Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital.

In addition, they are partnering with The Shepherd’s Staff to “expand their traditional dinner for approximately 300 people to include more of the people who would like to come from all around their county,” according to a press release. They are currently working on establishing busing for anyone who needs transportation.


During the event, they will also be offering coats and warm weather items for those in need and if you would like to donate to the coat drive, you can drop donations off at Hampstead Preowned. Coats can be gently used; however, hats, gloves, scarves and socks should be new. Donations of non-perishable Thanksgiving food items to supplement the Shepherd’s Staff food items will also be accepted.

The dinner, in the past, has been done as a buffet style event; Hampstead Preowned is hoping to turn it into a more formal server-style setting. Volunteers are being accepted for the event as well and dinner will be served from noon until 3:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, at St. John’s in Westminster.

As for the Christmas party, their biggest event, they are accepting nominations of families in need. More information on this event will be in a future column. For donations of items such as food and clothing, they are open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Hampstead Preowned is located at 1111 S. Main St., Hampstead. For further information, call them at 410-239-8765 or visit their website at hampsteadpreowned.com.

Christmas Farmers Market

The Hampstead Train Station presents their sixth annual Christmas Farmers Market from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. John’s United Methodist Church. The market is a collaboration between the Hampstead Train Station and the Hampstead Farmers Market.

There will be many vendors, including some of those from the summer market.

The church is located at 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Santa sightings

With the Christmas season barreling down on us – there are numerous events in the area where Santa is the guest of honor.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8 a.m. until noon at the Manchester Fireman’s Activities Building. The cost is $8 for those 11 and older, $5 for ages 4-10, and free for those 3 and younger. A photo opportunity with Santa will be available for $7 with additional pictures for $5. All the proceeds benefit the MVFD. The event will be held in the activities building, located at 3297 York St., Manchester.

Another opportunity for Breakfast with Santa will be held the same day, Dec. 8, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Upperco Volunteer Fire Company activities building. There will be a full breakfast buffet, ride the fire engine, make Christmas crafts and visit with Santa.

Donations only to benefit the Upperco VFD, located at 16020 Carnival Ave., Upperco. More information is available at UppercoVFC.org.

If you missed your opportunity to visit with Santa while enjoying breakfast on Dec. 8, then no worries. A Breakfast with Santa will be offered Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department. The cost is $8 for those 12 and older, $5 for ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger.


During the event, you can dine with Santa prior to pictures and face painting. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, home fries, sausage gravy, breakfast casserole, chocolate milk, orange juice and coffee. The fire department is located at 4224 Main St., Lineboro.

Happy holidays

I’d like to take a moment to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. In today’s climate, we should all use each day to give thanks for all that we have, not just a holiday. Use this day to be with friends and family; and savor the time you have with them as we never know how long we have them in our lives. I am thankful for a wonderful, loving family immediate and extended; my hardworking, supportive husband; my beautiful, smart, funny and compassionate daughter who happens to celebrate her 10th birthday Nov. 24; for my friends; and to have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a job that I enjoy going to each day.


  • A Can for the Van: Nov. 28-29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m., Matthew’s Tire, 1219 N. Main St., Hampstead. Collecting food for NESAP.Red, White and Blue Fundraiser: Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 & Town of Hampstead are selling red, white and blue lights for the Hampstead Christmas tree. $5/light to honor or in memory of someone. Forms available at the Legion, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead.
  • Tree lighting: 7 p.m. Nov. 30. Information: Stacey Nash, 443-744-1184/staceynash1@gmail.com.Christmas Craft Show: Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Grace Bible Church, 3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester. Vendors, drawings, food for purchase, and more. Information: 410-374-9306/office@gbcnc.com.

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