DSS identifies families as being in need of assistance during Christmas. Churches, businesses, civic organizations, schools, families, individuals donate gifts of food, gift cards, clothing and toys for children ranging from infants to high school age. As of Nov. 21, 2007, 476 families had applied for help but only 236 had been "adopted" or sponsored for the holidays. This is a local program and all families assisted are exclusively from St. Mary's and all donations stay within the county.
Anyone interested in helping should call 301-475-4200, x1851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Any organization that is already involved in helping the community during the season is encouraged to make contact to better coordinate assistance going to families and avoid any duplication of effort.