Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library is collecting letters for Girls Love Mail, a group that delivers handwritten letters to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Darrell Robertson, children's services supervisor, said that Girls Love Mail takes care of delivering the letters to cancer centers. "I thought the library could play a role in collecting letters to send to the organization," he said. "During the month of October we are setting up a letter-writing station where folks can drop off letters or sit down and create one at the Finksburg branch library."
According to the Girls Love Mail website, the nonprofit reached a goal of two miles of mail with 10,560 letters in August and is on a mission to collect another mile: 5,280 letters. Bundles of envelopes are given to cancer centers, and medical staff hand out individual letters to newly diagnosed patients.
Robertson said because the library is a community center on many levels, he is always on the lookout for ways to spread information and awareness. "This is a way to serve the community and promote breast cancer awareness," he said.
Robertson is encouraging clubs, classes, church groups and teachers to participate by writing a letter, having a class write letters as a class project, encouraging club members to write letters, or by having a child decorate a letter written by an adult.
He said he hopes others will spread the word using social media. "Tell them that you are participating and encourage others," Robertson said. "Maybe encourage three others to write a letter, too, something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge."
Girls Love Mail will be a topic on a future airing of the "Steve Harvey" show, being taped this month.
The Girls Love Mail website has rules for letter writing. They ask that letters be handwritten and not include the date. Please address letters Dear Friend or Dear Sister, refrain from religious references and other non-inclusive wording, and do not mention death or use offensive language. Letters should be signed with a first name and last initial.
Any card, stationery or paper can be used as long as it can be folded to fit or fits in the Girls Love Mail envelope measuring 4.75 inches by 6.5 inches.
More details can be found on the Girls Love Mail website: http://girlslovemail.com. Also visit on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GirlsLoveMail.
Letters may also be mailed or brought to the library branch at 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, MD 21048. If you can't get letters to the post office or the library, Robertson said, contact him and he will see that they are picked up and delivered to Girls Love Mail.
For more information, call the library at 410-386-4505.
Pumpkin Patch sale
The Site Council at the Westminster Senior and Community Center is having a Pumpkin Patch Fall Craft Sale in the lobby of the center through October.
"All funds raised go directly back to projects and programs at the senior center," Erica Starr, center manager, wrote in an email. "We have a large array of fun stuffed pumpkins for sale. The pumpkins come in a variety of sizes and colors and patterns making them great not just for October but all the way through fall right up to December. We've got traditional looking pumpkins, plaid pumpkins, Ravens and Orioles pumpkins, fuzzy pumpkins, burlap pumpkins, and even glitzy pumpkins."
Along with the pumpkins, those who visit the center may find other fall-related items as well as handmade baby blankets and sweaters, handmade scarves and trendy jewelry.
Starr said all items are reasonably priced.
The sale will run through Oct. 31, or until the pumpkins sell out.
The boutique area in the center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The center is at 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. For more information, call there at 410-386-3850.
About the almshouse
Carroll County Breaking News
The Historical Society of Carroll County will have its monthly Box Lunch Talk from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Grace Hall of Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll St., Westminster. Joanna Peregoy will talk about the history of the Carroll County Almshouse, which is now the Carroll County Farm Museum.
Peregoy is a volunteer at the farm museum.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverages are provided.
The cost is $5 for Historical Society of Carroll County members and $10 for nonmembers.
Free parking is available in the lot on Carroll Street. Attendees should enter the building through Entrance 2, on Carroll Street.
For more information, call the historical society at 410-848-6494 or visit http://www.hsccmd.org.
Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.