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Welcome to the Southern Maryland 2006 Christmas Guide! This is a living, breathing document. We recommend that you check back regularly to see what's new. If you have suggestions for additions, or exisiting information about you or your events needs to be changed, please contact us.
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How You Can Help Others...
Christmas is the season for giving. Despite all of the visible wealth in southern Maryland, there are also thousands of families—with and without children—and senior citizens who are low-income or poverty level. Please consider giving your time or money to one or more of the following worthy programs—not just during the holiday season, but all year long.
Catholic Community Services
Catholic Community Services offers emergency food packages, child and elderly care supplies, clothing, referrals to homeless shelters, and emergency financial assistance to those in need. Needs Donations, Needs Volunteers.
Charles County Family Center
Food & Toy Programs
Mike's Food Fund
Mike's Christmas Food Fund has become a Christmas tradition in St. Mary's County. Every year Mike of Mike's Bikes on Great Mills Road and his volunteers raise money to purchase a Christmas dinner for over 1,000 local families. Donations are needed to help purchase food and volunteers are needed to make deliveries. $20 will feed one one family. Mike said that they are also welcoming toy donations this year. If you want to know more about the program, here's a story by County Times reporter Adam Ross.
Mail Donations to:
Mike's Food Fund
Volunteers are needed to help make deliveries of food and toys December 19 - 22 (Tue-Fri) starting at 4 p.m. Volunteers can just show up at the Zion United Methodist Church, 21291 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. It is suggested that you have a good local map of the area. The St. Mary's County map book by ADC that is available in many local retailers is an excellent resource.
Christmas Connection, Charles County
The Christmas Connection is a consortium of six agencies that has been serving Charles County's neediest citizens for 17 years. Each year they provide Christmas dinner, gifts, clothing, and books to thousands of low-income to poverty level residents. This year they expect to help over 3,000 children, 200 senior citizens, and 200 other needy childless adults.
They need financial donations, toy donations, and volunteers to help distribute the services. Volunteers are needed to work at the National Guard Armory in La Plata from Dec. 12 - 19.
There are several toy drop-off location in Charles County:
Ken Dixon Chevrolet
Non-Perishable Food Drive at the Indoor Community Pools at Lackey and North Point High Schools
Join the Charles County Department of Community Services for our Non-Perishable Food Drive December 1-17. Receive $1 off your daily admission to the Indoor Community Pools at Lackey & North Point High Schools with your donation of a non-perishable food item. Discount good for one item per person, per visit. Call for details - Lackey: 301-743-2470 or 301-753-6003, North Point: 301-934-7475.
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Local shelters are always in need of donations and volunteers. Please see our community guide on local shelters for a location nearest to you.
Hospice provides care for those who are in the final phase of life's journey in the form of support for terminally ill patients and their families. Financial donations are needed.
Hospice of Charles County, Inc.
Hospice of St. Mary's, Inc.
The Salvation Army is one of the best stewards of financial donations in the charitable world. The local service units provide emergency shelter, food, and clothing. Please note that each county has a service unit that is attached to a host organization.
Financial donations are needed (Please make checks out to The Salvation Army). Volunteers are also needed to be bell ringers during the holiday season.
There is also a good story about the Angel Tree program by Christine Basham called Christmas Comes to One and All Through Local Service Organizations.
Charles County Service Unit
St. Mary's County Service Unit
Calvert County Service Unit