Fort Ritchie center collects multitude of items during annual charity week

December 25, 2010
  • Fort Ritchie Community Center Public Relations Manager Bev Coyle stands amongst the hundreds of donated items collected during the centers annual Christmas Charity Week.
Submitted photo

CASCADE — Residents and businesses in the Pen Mar-Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., area once again showed their generous spirit by donating hundreds of items during Fort Ritchie Community Center’s annual Christmas Charity Week.

The center collected more than 100 winter coats, items for pets, toys and games for children, essentials for nursing home residents, and canned foods during the Dec. 6 to 12 event.

For the third year in a row, the Cascade-based community center will distribute the donated items to needy families, local nursing homes and charitable groups in the area, including Antietam Humane Society, Hope Alive, Waynesboro (Pa.) Welfare Association, Help Hotline, Toys for Tots and the Waynesboro Homeless Shelter.

Fort Ritchie Community Center members and visitors were also encouraged to drop off cards and letters to members of the military serving the country during the holidays.

The center’s public relations manager, Bev Coyle, said those letters will be mailed and all the donated goods distributed to families and various charitable organizations over the next week.


Fort Ritchie Executive Director Bob Spence said Charity Week donations appeared to be up this year.
“It’s heart-warming to see such generosity among folks in this area. Despite economic hardships faced by some, there always seems to be room to give to those less fortunate. We’re proud to be part of such a community,” Spence said.

 Fort Ritchie Community Center serves Pen Mar, Cascade, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and surrounding communities in Maryland and Pennsylvania with a range of programs and events, as well as fitness and meeting facilities.

The center opened its doors to the public in September 2008. The facility was built through funding provided by the Pen Mar Development Corp. and Corporate Office Properties Trust, the company redeveloping the former Army post.

  For more information about Fort Ritchie Community Center, call 301-241-5085 or go to

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