WASHINGTON COUNTY --Â Holidays engender fundraising drives on the part of business and agency employees to assist local families in need.
The latest "Come as You Are Day" held by employees of Washington County government raised $436.25 in cash and 70 gently used coats for North Hagerstown Lions Club's Coats for Kids Campaign, and was one of 15 such events held throughout the year, benefiting agencies and families.
A total of $7, 260 in cash was donated through the events, which helped 11 charitable agencies and four families. The highest cash total, $754.50, was donated to Holly Place, in January. A November effort to benefit Food Resources resulted in donations of 633 pounds of food from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and 600 pounds from other county departments, in addition to monetary donations.
Individual departments also participated in holiday-themed fundraisers this year, responding to a call from agencies inundated by unprecedented demand.