The annual panic has set in at Neighbors in Need, the charity that helps Carroll County's needy families celebrate Christmas.
Each year, program coordinators worry that there won't be enough donations to provide more than 1,000 local families with food and gifts on Christmas morning.
"I think Carroll County is a very generous community that very much wants to help their own, and I believe it will all come together," said Barbara S. Brown, coordinator of the Neighbors in Need program.
Administered by Human Services Programs Inc., Neighbors in Need pairs low-income families with churches, schools and community groups that agree to adopt them for the holidays. Families that aren't matched with sponsors are invited to shop at the Neighbors in Need holiday gift shop.
At last count, 1,017 families were registered with the program for assistance during the holidays, and 550 had been adopted. Brown expects about 100 more families to apply for help by next week.
Brown said cash donations to Neighbors in Need are running low again this year. She said the charity's move two years ago from a space in Cranberry Mall to a less visible site has contributed to the decline in giving.
The charity needs cash donations to purchase food vouchers, clothing for infants and gifts for teen-agers. This year's holiday gift shop, staffed by volunteers, will be in a former garage at 211 Greenwood Ave. in Westminster, The shop will open at 9 a.m. Dec. 18 and 19.
Donations of cash, toys or clothing to the gift shop will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Information: Human Services Programs, 857-2999.
Pub Date: 12/11/96