Community briefs

May 16, 2008

Faith in Action seeks working air conditioners

REACH's Faith in Action program is seeking donations of new and/or used air conditioners in good working order for those in the community who suffer from heart disease, lung disease, cancer, AIDS/HIV, or other life threatening illnesses that can worsen from the summer's heat. REACH is unable to fix broken air conditioners.

Faith in Action is also looking for volunteers to pick up and deliver air conditioners to homebound individuals.

Donated air conditioners must be window-type, room size and operate off 110 volt current and have all knobs, switches, etc, and expansion panels. If you'd rather donate the funds to purchase an air conditioner, REACH will buy them with your donations.

To receive an air conditioner, a 2008 Air Conditioner Program application and medical documentation is required. Applications may be picked up at the REACH Center, 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, Hagerstown, or will be mailed to homebound applicants.


Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 1. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 29. The air conditioners will be distributed Monday, June 2, through Friday, Aug. 29.

Recipes sought for research institute cookbook

FREDERICK, Md. - The Arthritis Research Institute has collected the best recipes from group members, family and friends and compiled them into a keepsake cookbook.

They will begin selling their cookbooks on Sunday, June 1. Advanced orders are being accepted now. The cookbooks are $20 and are on sale at the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland. All proceeds will go to the Arthritis Research Institute.

The cookbook contains more than 400 recipes including appetizers, main dishes, desserts and more. Recipes include the contributor's name. For information, call Sherrie Ellsworth at 301-624-1163 or e-mail

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