Christmas morning, some 300 needy girls and boys in northern Anne Arundel County will awake to find toys waiting for them, thanks to the Glen Burnie Salvation Army's Angel Program.
There will be basketballs, golf sets, walkie-talkies and GI Joes; stuffed animals, hand-held electronic games, board games, and anything remotely connected to the Barbie doll; remote-controlled cars, trucks and fire engines.
There are knit hats, mittens and scarves to keep the children warm during the cold winter months, all donated by local residents.
The Salvation Army screens the families based on income, size and need, and provides the names of children, their clothing sizes and lists of toys they want to local businesses and individuals, who make the purchases and bring them back to its office in Glen Burnie.
"A lot of the families don't have any extra to work with," said Capt. Diane Shingleton, commander of the Glen Burnie Salvation Army.
Employees of the Bank of Glen Burnie have participated in the program for six years. This year, the employees bought gifts for 75 children.
"The employees started doing it in lieu of donating gifts to each other," said Alison Tavik, a bank spokeswoman. "They just thought it was a better use of gifts during the holidays."
Shingleton said she expects about 180 families to visit the office in groups of 15 every half-hour tomorrow to pick up presents. The visits are scheduled to avoid crowding.
On Monday, presents covered the floor of the Salvation Army's office and church hall pews. Some of the gifts were wrapped, though the Army asks that people leave them unwrapped so they can inspect the toys for safety and condition.
"What child wants to wake up to an old toy on Christmas?" Shingleton asked.
It also wants the parents to wrap the presents themselves, NTC giving them a chance to participate in their children's Christmas.
"I think it's more joyous for them," Shingleton said. "It gives them a part in their child's Christmas."
Pub Date: 12/18/96