Local holiday drives

November 26, 2009

o Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. is collecting money and new toys for 83 Clear Spring-area families in need this holiday season. Deadline is Dec. 12.

Monetary donations can be sent to Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., ATTN: Food drive, P.O. Box 400, Clear Spring, MD 21722. Check may be made out to Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co. and with "food drive" on the memo line.

New toys and canned food can be dropped off at:

-- Clear Spring fire station, 30 Mulberry St., Clear Spring

-- Clear Spring American Legion, Big Spring Road

-- Clear Spring Hardware Store on Cumberland Street in downtown Clear Spring

-- Snipz Salon, 13316 National Pike

-- Clear Spring Ambulance Club, 233 Cumberland St.

-- Country Diner, National Pike west of Clear Spring

-- Clear Spring Town Hall, 146 Cumberland St.


o Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, is collecting new pajamas for children it serves.

Pajama sizes for boys and girls are infant through children's extra large. The collection continues through Dec. 31.

To donate pajamas, call Mary Ann Schurz at 301-223-2698. Monetary donations toward new pajamas can be mailed to: CASA Inc., ATTN: Vicki, 116 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Write the check to CASA Inc. and write "pajamas" on the memo line.

o Wolf Furniture, Key 103, WWEG the Eagle, Comcast and The Salvation Army are holding a Coats for Kids drive. Take new or gently used coats or jackets to Wolf Furniture at Prime Outlets-Hagerstown or Wolf Furniture at 1215 W. Patrick St. in Frederick, Md., before Dec. 19. The Salvation Army will distribute the coats.

o Students at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown are collecting items to benefit a local family in need, Hagerstown Rescue Mission and San Mar Children's Home. A list of requested items can be obtained by contacting Amanda Peterson at or Felecia Garrison at Donations will be collected until Wednesday, Dec. 23. Boxes are in the school's lobby, 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

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. For information, call Amy Stine at 301-739-8505 or send an e-mail to

o The Bulldog Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Hagerstown and the Ladies of Harley with Williamsport Chapter 1544 are holding a holiday care package drive for the Marine Corps Reserve Unit based in Frederick, Md. Bravo Company 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is in 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 packages. Items include hygiene items, hand warmers, food, candy, playing cards, table games, magazines and books. The items will be packed on Dec. 2. Checks may be made payable to The Bulldog Detachment Inc. MCL, with "care package drive" on the memo line. They may be mailed to David M. Danfelt, Bulldog Detachment, Marine Corps League, 137 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795. To donate, call Danfelt at 301-223-7380.

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. 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

o The following locations are drop-off sites for new, unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign:

-- Hagerstown Suns 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 drop box will remain in place through early December.

-- Edward Jones office of Benito Vattelana, in the Stone House Square shopping center at 12818-E Shank Farm Way. For more information, call 301-733-3348.

-- Frostburg State University sociology club at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown is collecting toys through Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the school's lobby, 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

o Edward Jones' downtown Hagerstown branch is collecting nonperishable food items on behalf of Food Resources regional food warehouse from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. Canned and boxed food items may be taken to the branch at 33 W. Franklin St. between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

o Baby Basics of Greater Hagerstown Inc. provides diapers to eligible families with children 3 and younger. 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

-- Compiled by Julie E. Greene

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