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Washington County briefs

December 22, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Monthly citizen award goes to group


A nonprofit organization that gives clothes, school supplies and other necessities to less fortunate children was named Citizen of the Month for December by the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Children in Need, founded by Art Richards in December 1998, received the honor.

County Commissioner Doris J. Nipps presented Richards with a proclamation on behalf of the board.

Children In Need has helped about 2,000 children by providing 800 coats, 2,500 pairs of socks, 1,500 pairs of jeans and 5,000 pads of paper this year, according to information provided by the county.

According to the proclamation, Richards created Children In Need when he heard of children who stayed home from school because they didn't have clothes to wear.

"We have children sleeping on floors because they don't have beds in the house," Richards said during the meeting.

Children In Need is in the Martin Luther King Center.

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The organization accepts donations of slightly used and new clothing for children in kindergarten through high school, according to information provided by the county.

Homeland Security grant is awarded


Washington County received a $133,765 Homeland Security grant to buy a mobile incident command and communication units.

The Washington County Commissioners accepted the award at Tuesday's meeting.

The money is part of a $401,297 grant awarded by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to the Western Maryland region, which also includes Allegany and Garrett counties.

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