Many ways to support the needy

A group of more than 200 volunteers packaged more than 9,500 meals for the needy for the holidays during the annual Elect to End Hunger event Oct. 27 According to the Maryland Food Bank, the state has more than 460,000 "food-insecure" or hungry people.
A group of more than 200 volunteers packaged more than 9,500 meals for the needy for the holidays during the annual Elect to End Hunger event Oct. 27 According to the Maryland Food Bank, the state has more than 460,000 "food-insecure" or hungry people. (Photo by Noah Scialom, Patuxent Publishing)

As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front for many, local nonprofit groups throughout the area are struggling to make ends meet and address growing needs in the community.

These groups and the people they serve need our help more than ever.


Below is a listing of local helping organizations seeking donations of either money or items, or both. In this season of giving and Thanksgiving, please share your blessings, by giving to those less fortunate.

Anderson-Snyder Memorial Fund provides Military families and funds two scholarships to Hereford High School students in memory of Norman Anderson and Joshua Snyder. Both servicemen were members of Hereford High School's Class of 2002, who died in Iraq in 2005. http://www.anderson-snyder.info


Wish List: Monetary donations.

Baltimore North Cluster Food Bank at Pine Grove United Methodist Church provides: Food and emergency money to needy area families.

Wish List: Non-perishable food may be dropped off at food bank Mondays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, or Wednesdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monetary donations sent to P.O. Box 211, Monkton MD 21111.

Caring for Kids of Kenya provides schooling for orphans and abused children in Kenya, as well as meals, clothing, shelter and medical care. http://www.caringforkidsofkenya.org

Wish list: Monetary donations.

For Our Troops(for service members with a connection to Hereford High School) provides gift packages to armed forces personnel with a connection to Hereford High School who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wish List: Make checks payable to Hereford High School and send to address above. Put "For Our Troops" in memo line.

Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club provides community service and encourages young people to excel. Meetings are first Wednesday of each month. http://www.jacksonvilleoptimists.org.

Wish List: New members as well as monetary donations.

Hereford Food Bank at Hereford United Methodist Church provides food and emergency money to needy families.

Wish List: Donations of non-perishable food. Food may be dropped off at food bank Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. and Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. Monetary donations sent to: P.O. Box 400, Monkton, MD 21111. Donation basket is located at Graul's Market in Hereford.

Hereford Optimist Club provides community service and encourages young people to excel. Meetings are third Tuesday of each month. http://www.herefordoptimistclub.org.

Wish List: New members and monetary donations.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides two meals a day during the week to individuals who are homebound. http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.

Wish list: Volunteers and monetary donations.

My Neighbors Foundation provides school supplies and pays for student activities for those attending schools in the Hereford Zone.

Wish List: Monetary donations.

Penn-Mar Human Services Inc. provides support services to individuals with disabilities or human service needs in northern Baltimore and southern York, Pa. counties. http://www.penn-mar.org

Wish list: Monetary donations.

Monetary donations can be made to the following.

Butler Volunteer Fire Co., 15019 Falls Road, Butler, MD 2102

Hereford Volunteer Ambulance Association, 901 Monkton Road, P.O. Box 262, Monkton MD 21111

Hereford Volunteer Fire Co., 510 Monkton Road, Monkton MD 21111

Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Co., 3500 Sweet Air Road, P.O. Box 471, Phoenix, MD 21131

Long Green Volunteer Fire Co., 4506 Long Green Road, P.O. Box 4009, Glen Arm, MD 21057

Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Co., 21631 York Road, P.O. Box 70, Maryland Line, MD 21105

40 West Assistance and Referral Center Inc. provides emergency food, counseling, and financial assistance with evictions, temporary shelter, utility turnoffs, prescriptions and transportation. 410-233-4357.

Wish List: Copy paper (white and assorted colors), HP printer cartridges No. 22 and/or No. 57, canned or boxed non-perishable foods for food pantry, clean, unused or new baby, infant or toddler clothes, assorted diapers, bath soap bars, dish washing detergent and laundry detergent.

Baltimore Child Abuse Center mission is to provide all reported victims of child sexual abuse in Baltimore, and their non-offending caretakers, with comprehensive interviews, medical treatment, referrals, and crisis counseling services with the goal of preventing future child sexual abuse. 410-396-6147 or http://www.bcaci.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations. Also, crayons, colored pencils, markers, coloring books, construction paper, glue sticks, child-friendly scissors, stickers.

Baltimore County Department of Social Services Volunteer Office provides assistance to clients through on-going programs and yearly projects. 410-853-3021 or dward3@dhr.state.md.us.

Wish List: New toys/ gifts, baskets of food (nonperishables), gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and undies (all sizes) and monetary donations. Also inquire about sponsoring a family.

The Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation serves families with critically ill children. In addition to being the exclusive provider of hospital housing for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Believe In Tomorrow has five destination driven respite houses at the beach and the mountains families who are battling a child's life-threatening illness can utilize free of charge to create joyful memories together outside of a hospital or clinical environment. 410-744-1032. http://www.believeintomorrow.org.

Wish List: Blankets, down comforters, duvets, white sheets, towels, pillows; new mattresses: queen, full, or double; cleaning products: specifically paper towels, claro wipes, toilet paper, hand soap; gift cards to grocery stores, bulk shopping stores (Sam's/Costco/BJ's), Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's; paper products/office supplies; phone calling cards; magazine subscriptions; new movies, video games, games and crafts.

Casey Cares Foundation provides uplifting, heartwarming, and continuing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families. 443-568-0064. http://www.caseycaresfoundation.org.

Wish List: $10 or $25 gift certificates for Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Ledo Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Netflix, Three Brothers Pizza, Taco Bell or Subway. $10 or $25 gift certificates for other national restaurant, big box store and movie theater chains. New, two-piece pajamas (adult and infant sizes are our most needed for the Kami's Jammies program)


Caritas House Assisted Living serves seniors who can no longer live independently, offering assistance with daily activities, medication management, housekeeping, and recreational and cultural activities in a comfortable home-like environment. 410-646-6570. http://www.cc-md.org.


Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow, Karaoke machine, CDs (oldies and music from the 50s), and DVDs (family movies).

Center for Pregnancy Concerns is a pregnancy resource center providing free physical, emotional and spirituaal help and guidance to women and children. 410-243-6823. http://www.cpcforhelp.org.

Wish List: Disposable diapers (newborn to size 4), formula: Similac Advance, baby clothes (newborn to 4 T), sleepers, onesies, sleep sacks, bassinets, Pack n' Plays and strollers.

Christopher Place Academy provides education and employment training, as well as emotional, spiritual, and addiction recovery support to formerly homeless men. 443-986-9031. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Single size sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases and men's shirts 3X-6X; full-size deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, body lotion, razors, tooth paste; good reading books; gently used or new dress and casual clothing; new undershirts, briefs, pajamas; new bath towels and wash cloths and men's shoes: new, very gently used dress, casual and athletic.

Defenders of Animal Rights is dedicated to eliminating cruelty to all animals by providing services which include rescues, the sheltering of unwanted animals and abuse victims, adoptions through an innovative pet center, spaying/neutering, humane education, youth work, grief counseling, and human health enhancements via pets. 410-527-1466. http://www.adopt-a-pet.org.

Wish List: Animal supplies: Feline pine litter (nonclumping), Pedigree Dry Adult Dog Food, Purina Puppy & Kitten Chow, Purina Dry Adult Cat Chow, cat and kitten canned food, dog and cat treats and toys, rawhides and chew toys, hamster food and treats, parakeet and parrot food and toys, wild bird feed, suet cakes, bales of straw and hay, fresh fruit and veggies and Pet Smart/grocery store gift cards; cleaning supplies: clean sheets, towels, blankets, laundry detergent, large trash bags, bleach, paper towels, sponges, scrubbers, wet/dry shop vacuums; office supplies: stamps, white copy paper, AA batteries, pens, markers, scotch tape; correction tape, file folders; post-it notes, printer ink (HP No. 02 black, EPSON No. 69 black, HP No.60 black and HP No.701 black.

Dream 4 It Foundation raises funds to support educational scholarships for college freshmen. 443-472-3311. http://www.dream4it.net.

Wish List: Cash donations and services and products for annual silent auction event.

The Franciscan Center provides response services to persons who are economically disadvantaged in an effort to assist them in moving toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 410-467-5340. http://www.franciscancenterbaltimore.org.

Wish List: Warm clothes (jackets, boots, socks, mittens, gloves, knit hats, scarves), toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, etc.), food for the pantry, children's Items (clothes, toys, formula, diapers), money to run the programs.

Gallagher Services opening doors for individuals with developmental disabilities through group homes in the community and a medical day program. 410-252-4005. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, mattress covers, blankets, bath towels, living room and bedroom lamps, vacuum cleaner, emergency flashlights, V-tech brand children's computers and exercise bike.

House of Ruth Maryland provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families. 410-889-0840. http://www.hruth.org.

Wish List: Diapers and wipes, arts and craft supplies (markers, no crayons, paint, construction paper, adult size scissors, mufti-colored duck tape, poster board), backpacks, twin-size blankets, women's bras and underpants (S-XXXL), toothbrushes, toothpaste, children's socks, infant and toddler sleepwear, umbrellas.

Kennedy Kruger Institute is improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training. 443-923-7300. http://www.kennedykrieger.org.

Wish List: Cause and effect toys, light-up and sound toys, stacking/sorting toys, Fischer Price, Plays Kool and Little People Toys, educational toys, arts and crafts sets, DVD Movies (G-PG 13), Wii games (rated E), used for therapy, board games (ages 8+), sports items, gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations, nonperishable food items, please no stuffed animals.

Maryland Food Bank provides statewide food bank to 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282. http://www.mdfoodbank.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations allows the food bank to purchase the most needed items because they can purchase form wholesalers. Also, a donation to the virtual food drive highly desired.

Mosaic Community Services Inc. provides a wide range of services to children, adolescents and adults whose lives are affected by mental illness and/or substance use. 410-453-9553, ext. 1113. http://www.mosaicinc.org.

Wish List: Toiletries and personal items for older adolescents and adults, gloves and hats (adult sized), sweat pants and sweat shirts (adult sizes), household items (new), pots and pans; dishes; small appliances; towels; blankets; toys, books and games for children ages 4-16; videos, CD's appropriate for adolescents.

Muscular Dystrophy Association provides services to the adults and children in the community who live with any of 43 different neuromuscular diseases, including ALS. 410-494-7106. http://www.mda.org.

Wish List: For MDA Summer Camp: gift cards (Target, Walmart, Staples, grocery stores), pool toys, hand sanitizer, band aids, vinyl gloves, all sizes (no latex), over-the-counter medications (Benadryl, Visine, Tylenol, aspirin, Advil, etc.), insect repellent, sunscreen, bleach, laundry detergent, disposable ponchos, plastic gallon zipper bags, paper products: tissues, paper towels, napkins, bottled water and/or juice, write able DVDs (need 150), art supplies, markers, crayons, individual art kits, model car kits (level 1 or 2), drinking straws, helium tank, standing and/or oscillating fans, extension cords, assorted batteries, individually packaged snacks, plastic storage tubs, large coolers, poster board, construction paper, jewelry making supplies, glue, glue sticks, scissors, duct tape, masking tape, new puzzles and games. Also, copy paper, colored paper, autographed sports memorabilia, gift cards (restaurants, salons, gas, etc.)


My Sister's Place Women's Center is a comprehensive resource center offering homeless and impoverished women and their children three warm meals a day and resources to help them achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. 410-659-3763. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Canned vegetables and fruit, sugar, food storage items: zip lock bags, plastic containers with lids, aluminum pans; canned chicken and tuna; pasta and pasta sauce; oatmeal and ground coffee.

Nehemiah House Inc. provides temporary shelter, transitional housing, training, counseling and other assistance for the emotional, physical and total rehabilitation of homeless men who are released from prison, victims of substance abuse, veterans or the ill-effects of society in general, without limitation as to race, color or creed, in order to prepare them to become responsible and useful members of the community and society. 410-682-6333.

Wish List: Socks, underwear, shaving cream, razors, coats, deodorant, toothpaste, hats, gloves, food, grocery gift cards, canned goods, umbrellas, bus tokens, inspirational books, inspirational movies, and stamps.

Night of Peace Family Shelter Inc. provides emergency shelter for families. 410-922-4357. http://www.nightofpeace.com

Wish List: Blankets, pampers (sizes 4 and 5), baby wipes, air mattresses (twin size), children's coats (all sizes), women's coats (all sizes), socks (children and adults) gloves for women and children, towels, washcloths and feminine sanitary products.

Our Daily Bread provides a hot meal program serving more than a quarter million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year, including nutritious lunches every day of the year and breakfast to seniors and individuals with disabilities each weekday morning. 443-986-9031. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Forks (metal, reusable), paper bags, sugar, tea bags with strings, hot chocolate packets, sandwich size zip- lock bags, brown lunch size paper bags, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, salt, black pepper, canned and boxed food for the food pantry, peanut butter, jelly, butter, salad dressings, oil, spray oil, casseroles (request recipes), family-size frozen macaroni and cheese casseroles, cold cereal, oatmeal and ground coffee.

Operation Christmas Child the World's Largest Christmas Project collects gift-filled shoe boxes, packed by Baltimore County residents. The drop off location is Grace Fellowship Church. 410- 458-7333. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Drop_Off_Locations.

Wish List: Toys, school supplies and necessity items for hurting kids in 100 countries. ( through Nov. 21)

Peace Study Center provides a mission to build a more peaceful world, one book at a time. 410-435-9188. http://www.peacestudycenter.org.

Wish List: New or gently used picture books on themes of peace building for young children: friendship, sharing, helping, caring for animals and the environment; new or gently used picture books we can pass on to facilities that work with children; new mittens, caps, hats, gloves, scarves for young children; puppets of animals and gift cards to Walmart or Target to purchase plastic containers for our kits.

Santa Claus Anonymous provides assistance in the form of gift certificates redeemable at local merchants to aid families in the purchase of toys, clothing, or books for holiday presents. 443-557-7000. http://www.santaclausanonymous.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations by mail or online only.

Sarah's House provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services to help homeless families achieve independence and strengthen their families. 410-551-7722. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Safeway, Costco, Giant, or Sam's Club), Bed Lines (twin size sheet sets, blankets, comforters), wash clothes, towels, pillows, Pack n Play, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, plates, plastic forks/spoons/knives; Sets of dishes; silverware, pots and pans, glasses, shower curtains and rugs.

St. Ann's Adult Day Services provides medical supervision in a pleasant structured day program that reduces the likelihood of premature nursing home placement for seniors. 410-646-6532. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow.

St. Vincent's Villa provides intensive diagnostic, stabilization and treatment services to children, ages 5 to 14 and their families. 410-252-4000, ext. 1612. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Arts and crafts kits, art supplies, footballs, basketballs, UNO cards, Matchbox cars, Legos, Checkers, Activity books; gift cards to AMF Bowling, Regal Cinema, Target and Walmart.

Turnaround Inc. provides emergency shelter, counseling, community education, emergency room companions, legal services and a 24-hour hot line for victims of rape, domestic violence, child sexual assault and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. 410-377-8111. http://www.turnaroundinc.org.

Wish List: Nonperishable food items, new toys, hats, gloves, gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target and gas cards. Also, donors for annual "adopt-a-family" program.

United Churches Assistance Network (UCAN) provides emergency financial assistance to families and individuals in the community, evictions, utility turnoffs, medicine and food. 410-628-2102.

Wish List: Money, gift cards to food stores, Target and Walmart.


Victor's Vittles Food Pantry provides food serving ZIP codes 21234, 21236, 21286. 410-668-8089. http://www.christusvictoronline.org.

Wish List: Nonperishable food, personal-needs items, perishable food (contact church to arrange delivery)