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Keep a Senior Safe and Warm program set

November 07, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The Interfaith Service Coalition will hold its annual Keep a Senior Safe and Warm program Saturday at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.

Guest speakers offer sessions on winter health, winter driving safety, using wood stoves and space heaters and tips on energy savings. The workshop is free.

Attendees also receive information on fuel and energy assistance programs. 

All area seniors are invited. Refreshments will be offered at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome and introductions by ISC Board President the Rev. Allan Weatherholt and Executive Director Debbie Cohill. 

Advance registration is required. To register, call 301-678-6605.

Variety show

The Hancock Arts Council will sponsor a variety show titled “There’s No Business Like Show Business” Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall. 

There is no cost for this showcase of local talent, but donations will be accepted. Prepare for surprise guests. Light refreshments will be served. 

If you have a talent to share, call Jeanne Ward at 717-294-3912 or send an email to baumward@hotmail.com

The deadline to sign up to perform is Nov. 10.

Veterans Day

Sunday is Veterans Day and Hancock United Methodist Church will again host a chicken dinner for Tri-State area veterans. 

The event begins at 2 p.m. with a program in the church sanctuary and continues with the free meal offered from 3 to 7 p.m. in the upper room fellowship hall.

Those planning to attend are asked to call the church at 301-678-6440. The hall and the church are handicapped-accessible. If you are a shut-in veteran and would like a meal delivered to your home, please let them know.

Sandwich sale

The Hancock High School Band Boosters will sponsor their November sandwich sale. Ham, turkey or roast beef sandwiches are available, and each sandwich costs $3. 

For $5, customers can order a complete bag lunch, including sandwich of your choice, chips and a bottle of water or soda. 

Orders are due Nov. 15 and the food will be delivered Nov. 19. Contact any member of the band to place an order.  

Storm relief

Many residents might be wondering what they can do to help their neighbors who have been affected by Superstorm Sandy. 

You might want to collect food and other household goods, but this is not the best response. 

It is important to understand the real needs of disaster relief.

Food and clothing need to be sorted, packed, and then unpacked and distributed on the other end.

There is simply not the number of volunteers or the locations in disaster areas to handle this process effectively.

Most of the time, it is better to give a cash donation, which can be used to purchase items in a local community, thus providing jobs and helping their local economy recover. You can make a cash donation to a charity run by your church (in many cases the “overhead” for these groups is very low), or to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army.

Another idea is to go to the website for Church World Service at www.churchworldservice.org and make cleanup kits. These consist of a bucket and cleaning supplies and are distributed to disaster locations by the local Church World Service office in New Windsor, Md. The kits are useful for folks trying to clean up their homes and businesses. 

As you plan your holiday giving, ask folks to give to a charity rather than giving you a gift. It will take a long time for our neighbors in New Jersey, New York and even in Western Maryland and the Eastern shore to recover.

Hang in with them for the long run. 

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To submit news items to this column, call 301-678-6888 or send an email to anneweath@aol.com.

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