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Local holiday drives

November 23, 2009

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

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

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 send an e-mail to amys@cornerstonewealth group.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.

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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 on the memo line 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 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 of Municipal Stadium at 274 E. Memorial Blvd. The store is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

o Washington County Autocare Elite Repair facilities are participating in the Toys for Tots campaign.

Take a new, unwrapped toy to one of the participating facilities before Tuesday, Dec. 15, and receive a coupon for a free oil change with a NAPA oil filter and conventional motor oil. The coupon has a $29.95 value and is good through Dec. 31, 2010. One coupon per customer.

Participating facilities are Roy's Quality Car Care, Scott's Speed Shop, Daymude's Auto Service and Davidson's Auto Center in Hagerstown; Harshman Automotive in Smithsburg; Eby's Garage in Boonsboro; and B&B Automotive in Sharpsburg. For shop addresses, go to www.autocareelite.com.

o Edward Jones' downtown Hagerstown branch will collect 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 through which other charitable groups can get food and other items for their feeding programs, according to www.foodresources.org.

o Baby Basics of Greater Hagerstown Inc. provides diapers and kindness to eligible families of those 3 and younger. As an affiliate of the national Baby Basics organization, the nonprofit, totally volunteer organization uses 100 percent of donated funds for diapers for working families who are struggling to make ends meet in these tough economic times.

The annual retail cost of diapers for one baby averages nearly $500.

Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to 1601 Pennsylvania Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742. For more information or an application, call 240-217-8182.

The national Web site is www.babybasicsinc.org.

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