Local briefs

November 29, 2005

Operation Santa Claus will kick off Dec. 8

Operation Santa Claus is a project of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, Washington County Branch and Turning Point of Washington County Inc. The program provides holiday gifts to Washington County residents who are patients of the Thomas B. Finan Center. The hospital is state-supported, but personal items are not provided and there is a need.

Individuals and groups can help by donating small gifts for the patients. Gifts will be delivered in time for Christmas.

The following gift-giving guidelines might be helpful: All items must be new; plastic containers are preferred over glass; wrapped gifts need a removable outside tag that labels contents and whether the gift is for a male or female, adult or teenager; no razors or aerosol cans. Cash can be used in the canteen. Make checks payable to the Auxiliary of the Thomas B. Finan Center.

Bring your gifts and join Operation Santa Claus at a reception at Turning Point of Washington County Inc., 25 North Ave., Hagerstown, on Thursday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. To have gifts picked up or for information and gift suggestions, call 301-733-6555.


Twigg Cycles is drop-off site for Toys for Tots

Twigg Cycles of Hagerstown is serving as an official drop-off site for Toys for Tots donations.

Polaris Industries and its nationwide network of dealers will collect toys and the company also announced it will contribute $230,000 in donations. Hagerstown area residents can drop new, unwrapped toys by Twigg Cycles between now and Christmas.

Twigg Cycles customers who purchase a Polaris youth all-terrain vehicle and drop off a Toys for Tots donation will receive a free Apple iPod.

Holiday party for 'Healthy Kids'

The Antietam Exchange Club and Washington County Health Department will co-host a party for the health department's "Healthy Kids" clients from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Zion Reformed Church on North Potomac Street near the former YMCA building.

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