Christmas for Others program

November 17, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Hancock’s own Christmas for Others is under way.  

The program, an outreach of the Greater Hancock Church Council, is now at the quarter century mark and has literally “made” Christmas for many area families.  

Local businesses and clubs help with funding, and local churches collect toys, food and coats.  

Volunteers (and they can always use more) help pack boxes which are distributed to families.   

While the registration period has officially ended, families and individuals can still contact the Interfaith Service Coalition, which can register families until Dec. 1. Program organizer Debbie Murphy said residents can sign up to sponsor a child by calling 301-678-5338 or by contacting one of the participating churches.

Square dance

Do-si-do and swing your partner Friday at the square dance sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council at the Community Center, 126 W. High St. The dance begins at 7 p.m., and a donation of $5 at the door is suggested. Join in for a fun evening with caller Charlie Stockman.

Jewelry show

The Hancock Lionesses Club will host a Premier Designs Jewelry show and holiday open house Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.  

This is a fundraiser the club hopes will raise enough money to send two children to Camp Merrick, a camp designed for children with diabetes, ages 5 to 16.

While at camp, children learn techniques for checking their blood sugar, care of insulin pumps, injections and other dietary ideas, all while enjoying summer camp activities. Camp Merrick is in Charles County, Md., and is sponsored by Lions clubs.

Holiday house tour

This is a reminder of the holiday house tour sponsored by the Hancock Historical Society, taking place Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Refreshments and door prizes will be available at various locations.  

If you begin your tour by purchasing a ticket at the Hancock Visitors Center on Main Street, you can take a look at the new book on sale, “Christmases Past, Volume 2,” by Don Corbett. The book contains interviews from local residents sharing Christmas traditions and memories. Proceeds benefit the museum.

For more information, call 240-520-0520.

Thanksgiving Eve service

And finally, Hancock’s annual community Thanksgiving Eve service, sponsored by several local churches, takes place Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m.


The host church this year is Hancock United Methodist, 170 W. Main St. The Rev. Duane L. Jensen, pastor, will preach the sermon, and clergy from participating congregations will help lead the worship. Music will be included, under the direction of the Rev. Barbara Suffecool, and a reception will follow the service.

Join your friends and neighbors in counting our blessings this Thanksgiving Eve.

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