Maryland and Pennsylvania residents teamed up with the Fort Ritchie Community Center again this year to collect clothing, food and other items for those less fortunate.
The Cascade-based center sponsored its fourth annual Christmas Charity Week Dec. 4 to 10. Area residents collected more than 50 coats, several bags of gloves and mittens, a multitude of toys, boxes of nonperishable food, items for nursing homes, pet supplies and baby supplies. The goods were all collected at the center, which then distributed them to various nonprofit groups in the area.
“No matter how bad the economy is, people find it in their hearts to contribute to this event,” said Bev Coyle, Fort Ritchie Community Center public relations manager. She said the community center this year distributed the items collected to Hope Alive, Toys for Tots, Pregnancy Ministries, Antietam and Washington County Humane Societies, Food Bank in Blue Ridge Summit, the Welfare Association and a local nursing home.
In addition, community center members and guests — from the very young to senior citizens — signed holiday cards to be sent to military personnel serving the nation.
Fort Ritchie Community Center capped off the week with its annual holiday craft bazaar Dec. 10. More than 500 people stopped by to shop the 70-plus vendors for Christmas gifts and decorations, a chance to visit Santa, and to eat food prepared by Sons of the American Legion — Cascade Post 239.
Fort Ritchie Community Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and welcomes tax-deductible contributions to support its programs. For more information about upcoming events and programs, call 301-241-5085, go to www.TheFRCC.org, or stop by the center at 14421 Lake Royer Drive at Fort Ritchie.