Another success for Ellie Feaga's charity drive [West Friendship]

She's done it again. Glenwood Middle School student Ellie Feaga handed over two checks last week. After the sweet success of a charity bake sale that ultimately earned over $5,400 in donations and sales, the sixth grader delivered the funds to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to the Shaughness Education Fund. This local young lady shines in the community action corner of our county.

Ellie Feaga's spirit of giving is contagious. Everywhere you look in West Friendship and surrounding locales are bins for Toys for Tots donations and holiday trees loaded with mittens, hats and scarves.

The students, staff, parents and faculty at Glenelg Country School collected supplies for the victims of the typhoon in the Phillipines. The donations were so plentiful that five trucks and two cars were needed to tote all the supplies. On Nov. 22, the supplies were sent to the Phillipines.

Glenelg Country parent Prasad Dissanayake reached out to the Filipino Embassy to coordinate the logistics of such a massive donation. Lower School Head Anne Wooleyhand said, "It is incredible to see the generosity of our families and students. Helping the people in the Phillipines has been very meaningful for our children, as they are able to understand that we can truly make a difference for people in need."

Sandi Hawkins and the auxiliary members at West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department shout, "Come on up to Station 3." The volunteers are accepting new unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots until Dec. 13.

The Station 3 location is also the place to be on Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., when youngsters are invited to meet Santa Claus. The holiday train show will be on display at the firehouse beginning Dec. 9 and concluding on Jan. 5. Hours for the train show are Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Music is in the air at West Friendship Elementary this week. The annual holiday concert is set for Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. for the student body and again on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. when families can enjoy the angelic and rollicking sounds of the chorus.

The Pink Cabbage Open House is set for Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The "cabbagers" have been working long hours in preparation for this yearly gala. The shop, at the corner of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road is decorated to the rafters. Music, refreshments, discounts, and vintage and new gifts galore. Come out and see what magic is in store and meet up with neighbors while you are at it.

If you would like to have child care while you shop, the Glenelg United Methodist Church offers just that on Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Glenelg United Methodist Women will provide the fun crafts, games, story times and snacks with funds raised from the "baby sitting" headed to the Susannah Wesley House in Baltimore. A true "win win". Fees for the childcare are $25 for the session or $40 for a "brood". Interested? Contact Donna Brackins at

St. Nicholas is coming to town. Mark your calendar for Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m., when the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Route 97, in Glenwood, will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Breakfast with St. Nicholas and a St. Nick gift shop are on the agenda. Kids are encouraged to give their wish list to St. Nicholas and grown ups can enjoy the holiday wreaths which are for sale. Breakfast, crafts, a Christmas shop and photo opportunities too. Admission is $8 for those 10 years and older and $6 for children under the age of 10 . Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202 or email

The annual Holiday Open House at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club in West Friendship will be held on Dec. 7 and 8, noon to 4 p.m. A train garden, refreshments, tours of the museum, antique displays of Christmas time in days gone by and festive decorations are all part of the fun. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road. No admission for this family friendly event.

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