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Holiday drives in Hagerstown

November 17, 2009

Holiday season means lots of things, including people looking to help others.

Here's a roundup of holiday drives in the area:

o Solliday Oil Co. in Hagerstown is collecting shoe boxes full of items for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child.

The operation delivers gifts packed in shoe boxes to children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.

Items to include in shoe boxes, or boxes of that size, are school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Each box should be packed for a girl or boy in one of the following age groups: 2 to 4 years old; 5 to 9 years old; or 10 to 14 years old.

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Drop donations off to the rear of Solliday Oil Co. at 325 E. Wilson Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday; from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday; or from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Solliday has brochures about the program and labels for the boxes.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, go to www.samaritanspurse.org or call 800-605-8054.

o Cornerstone Wealth Management Group, a Hagerstown-based wealth management firm, is collecting clothing and monetary donations this holiday season on behalf of Children in Need.

Donations can be dropped off at Cornerstone's office at 19833 Leitersburg Pike, Suite 1, until Dec. 11.

Children in Need is a nonprofit group that provides essential clothing, personal care items and educational supplies to Washington County children. The group raises community awareness and funds, and provides resources to give children from lower-income homes a better opportunity to learn and become productive citizens.

For more information, call Amy Stine at 301-739-8505 or e-mail amys@cornerstonewealthgroup.com.

For more information about Children in Need, go to www.childreninneedwashingtoncounty.org.

o The Bulldog Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Hagerstown is having a holiday care package drive for the Marine Corps Reserve Unit, based in Frederick, Md. The Bravo Company 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is deployed to Afghanistan and includes members from Washington County.

The Bulldog Detachment is accepting monetary contributions to buy items and pay for shipping packages; and donated items for the care packages. Items to donate include hygiene items, hand warmers, food, candy, playing cards, table games, magazines and books. The items must fit into the flat-rate shipping boxes, which are 12 inches by 12 inches by 5 1/2 inches.

The items will be packed on Dec. 2.

Make checks payable to: The Bulldog Detachment Inc. MCL and in the memo write "care package drive." Mail monetary donations to David M. Danfelt, Public Relations Officer, Bulldog Detachment, Marine Corps League, 137 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795.

If you have items to donate, call David Danfelt at 301-223-7380.

o The Hagerstown Suns are participating in the Toys for Tots campaign.

Fans can bring new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls to the merchandise store, near the front entrance to Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd. The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Toys for Tots dropbox will remain in place through early December.

o Edward Jones' downtown Hagerstown branch will be collecting nonperishable food items on behalf of Food Resources, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16.

Drop off canned and boxed food items at the branch at 33 W. Franklin St. between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Food Resources is a regional nonprofit food warehouse that other charitable groups can get food and other items from for their feeding programs, according to www.foodresources.org.

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