LIKE THE PIED PIPER, Scott Klein and his wife, Cassie, will lead at least 30 children from St. Mark's Lutheran Church through Hampstead neighborhoods from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, when they will collect nonperishable food to be donated to North East Social Action Program and Carroll County Food Sunday.
"We think it's a good opportunity for children to express what Christmas is really all about -- helping others all year 'round," said Scott Klein. He moved to Hampstead three years ago and soon organized the church's first food drive.
Last year, his group of 20 children went door to door to about 425 homes and collected 22 cases of food.
The collection event is like a parade of children. About 30 are expected this year -- and several vehicles led by the Rev. George Tuttle, pastor of St. Mark's. Cassie Klein drove the collection truck last year. She also makes the sugar cookies for the pizza party afterward.
On Saturday, the collection drive will begin about 3 p.m. on St. Paul Street and proceed to Brandywine Station, then to Shiloh Run. The drive will do the final collections in the neighborhood of Robert's Field, where participants intend to follow a route down Northwoods Trail to Boxwood Drive and through the area closest to Spring Garden Elementary School.
"A lot of our children also help out in Boy Scouts or Brownies," Scott Klein said. "The kids feel great. It's an opportunity for them to get out in the community and help the less fortunate. Last year one child told me, 'This was so much fun, can I help out next year?' Boy, what a wonderful feeling."
Fliers have been distributed on the collection route. People can contribute that night if they watch for the spinning light atop the pickup vehicle. Donations can also be made until Saturday at the church. In addition to canned food, anything nonperishable is welcome, such as paper products, cereal and peanut butter.
"Those who weren't home were very gracious and put canned food out for us in a bag," Klein said. "Last year was an eye-opener for me. When we went to deliver at Carroll County Food Sunday, we saw the shelves were dry. The economy is not bad, but there are plenty of people in need. If we can, we'll make their holiday more comfortable."
Information: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 410-239-4541.
Girl Scouts of Troop 746 are collecting gently worn clothing this week at Spring Garden Elementary School. A box has been placed in the lobby for donations.
The donated clothing will benefit local residents because it will be given by Girl Scouts to a local mission and to North East Social Action Program, which maintains the Community Clothing Store on Gill Avenue near St. John's United Methodist Church.
Hampstead Business Expo
To showcase the hundreds of services and products available from Hampstead-area businesses, the business association annually holds an exposition at North Carroll High School. The day features local entertainment, door prizes, food, demonstrations and the opportunity for everyone to meet the owners of local businesses.
The 16th annual Business Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27.
Booth spaces are available for members of Hampstead Business Association, and government and community service organizations. Each booth is 10 feet square. Until Tuesday, booth space will cost $65. From Tuesday to Jan. 15, booth space will cost $75. No reservations will be accepted after Jan. 15.
Membership in the business association is $50 per year. For membership information, call Martha Stacks, 410-239-6111 or e-mail to hbct.infi.net.
To register for the Business Expo, call Randy Reese, 410-239-6874.
Hampstead Elementary School will present a winter concert of instrumental music by students and the school chorus Thursday.
Concerts will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the school. The fifth-grade band and fifth-grade strings will perform under the direction of Kim Keeler, instrumental music teacher. The fourth- and fifth-grade chorus will perform under the direction of Julia Hollenberg.
The chorus will also perform at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cranberry Mall, in the courtyard area near Belk's department store.
Pub Date: 12/09/98