Woman helps make holidays warmer for the less fortunate

December 22, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize people who make the holidays better for others.

This Christmas, less-fortunate families will receive coats and toys through donations from Washington County employees.

For the last 31/2 years, Tina Rupert, administrative specialist for the Division of Public Works, has made sure Washington County government has had a hand in making the holiday a little brighter for families and children in need.

Rupert is in charge of coordinating the Christmas charity drives and other monthly fund-raisers.

Rupert will deliver the coats to the North Hagerstown Lions Club's Coats for Kids program and the toys to the Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots program.

The contributions were received as part of the county's December Casual Day program, during which employees were able to dress in casual clothing for two days if they donated coats, toys or at least $5 to the charities.


As of Dec. 15, employees contributed $170, coats and toys.

"I think we may be getting more coats than toys," she said.

She said she will use some of the cash donations to buy toys and give the rest directly to the charities.

While the duty is part of her job description, Rupert said she enjoys organizing the drives.

Last year, employees donated $351 to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry for the Christmas contribution. In 2002, the county's fund-raisers collected $3,581 and 851 pounds of food.

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