Share Your Blessings - Opportunities to Help Those Less Fortunate
As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front for many, local nonprofit groups throughout the Baltimore area and beyond are struggling to make ends meet and address the growing needs in the community. This has been a very challenging year for many of us and the need continues. Consider volunteering to help brighten the day of a senior or a shut in.
These groups and the people they help need our help now more than ever. Here is a very incomplete list of organizations seeking donations of money, items or both. During this season of giving please share your blessings with those less fortunate than yourself. Many of these organizations have opportunities for volunteer time too.
Assistance Center of Towson Churches - 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, MD 21204 - provides food and financial assistance to low-income families and the homeless. 410-296-4855 Wish List - Canned food items, meat, vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, tomatoes, fruit, tuna, toiletries, bars of soap, deodorant and grocery store gift cards in $5 and $10 denominations.
Baltimore County Department of Social Services Volunteer Office - 6401 York Road, Towson, MD 21212 - provides assistance to clients through ongoing programs and projects 410-853-3021 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Wish List: new toys/gifts, baskets of food (nonperishables), gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and undies (all sizes) and minetary donations. Also inquire about sponsoring a family.
Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation - 6601 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228 - serves families with critically ill children. In addition to being the exclusive provider of hospital housing for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Believe in Tomorrow has five destination driven respite houses at the beach and the mountains for families who are battling a child's life-threatening illness can utilize free of charge to create joyful memories together outside of a hospital or clinical environment. 410-744-1032 - Wish List: Blankets, down comforters, duvets, white sheets, towels, pillows, new mattresses (queen, full or double), cleaning products (paper towels, claro wipes, toilet paper, hand soap), gift cards to grocery stores, bulk shopping stores (Sams, Costco, BJ's, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes), paper products/office supplies, phone calling cards, magazine subscriptions, new movies, video games, games and crafts.
Casey Cares Foundation - 3918 Vero Road, Suite C, Baltimore, MD 21227 - provides programs for critically ill children and their families 443-568-0064
Artists 4 Amy - 5 Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie, MD 21061 - helping families with critically ill children - Wish List: monetary donations. 410-725-9131
Catholic Charities Senior Housing - 1966 Greenspring Dr., Timonium, MD 21093 - operates affordable senior housing communities across the state for low income seniors. 443-798-3423 - Wish List: Monetary donations, reading magnifiers, moisturizing lotion, laundry detergent, battery-operated radios, emergency flashlights and gift cards.
Coats for Kids - administered through Baltimore County Department of Social Services, Drumcastle Center, 6401 York Rd., Ste 1029, Baltimore, MD 21212 - provides coats for children in need to help keep them warm during the winter. 410-853-3024
House of Ruth Maryland - 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore, MD 21218 - provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families. Wish List: Diapers and wipes, arts & crafts supplies (markers, no crayons, paint, construction paper, adult size scissors, multicolored duct tape, poster board), backpacks, twin size blankets, womens bras and undies, toiletries, childrens socks, infant and toddler sleepwear, umbrellas.
Maryland Food Bank - 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd. Baltimore, MD 21224 provides statewide food bank to over 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282 Wish List: monetary donations allow the food bank to purchase the most needed items. Non-perishable food items.
My Sisters Place Womens Center - 17 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - Resource center offering homeless and impoverished women and their children three warm meals a day and resources to help them achieve and sustain self sufficiencey. 410-659-3763 Wish List: Canned vegetables and ruit, sugar, food storage items, canned chicken and tuna, pasta and pasta sauce, oatmeal and instant coffee, monetary donations, personal hygiene and toiletry products.
Nehemiah House - 8720 Philadelphia Rd., Baltimore, MD 21237 - Provides temporary shelter, transitional housing, training, couseling and other assistance to homeless men. 410-682-6333 Wish List: socks, underwear, shaving products, personal hygiene items, canned food, bus tokens.
Night of Peace Family Shelter - 7509 Windsor Mill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21244 - provides emergency shelter for families. 410-922-4357 - Wish List: Blankets, diapers, baby wipes, air mattresses, children's and women's coats, socks, gloves, towels, washclothes and feminine sanitary items.
Our Daily Bread - 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202 - provides a hot meal program serving a quarter of a million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year, including lunches and breakfasts. 443-986-9031 - Wish List: Forks, paper bags, sugar, tea bags, hot chocolate packets, sandwih bags, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, salt, pepper, canned and boxed food for the food pantry, peanut butter, jelly, butter, salad dressings, oil, spray oil, casseroles, family size frozen macaroni, cheese casseroles, cold cereal, oatmeal and ground coffee.
Toys for Tots - visit their website for donation locations in your area.
Meals on Wheels - 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD 21224 - 443-573-0940 - Wish List: Volunteers and pet food for clients who have pets.