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Operation Santa Claus gets under way in Hagerstown

Reception set for Thursday, Dec. 6

Reception set for Thursday, Dec. 6

November 05, 2007

Operation Santa Claus is still going strong after 36 years. It is a project of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, Washington County branch, and Turning Point of Washington County Inc.

The project provides holiday gifts to the Washington County residents, who number on average 15, who are patients at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland, Md. The hospital is state-supported, but personal items are not provided and there is a need.

You and/or your group can help by donating small gifts for the patients. The gifts will be delivered in time for Christmas.

Gift-giving guidelines:

· 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.

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· No razors or aerosol cans.

· Cash can be used in the canteen - please make checks payable to the Auxiliary of the Thomas B. Finan Center.

Reception planned

You may bring your gifts and attend a reception at Turning Point of Washington County Inc., 25 North Ave., Hagerstown.

The reception will be held in the third-floor conference room on Thursday, Dec. 6, from noon to 1 p.m.

If you need to have gifts picked up or would like a list of gift suggestions, call 301-733-6063 and ask for Judy.

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