Well over 500 people typically participate in some manner to our Holiday Homeless Drive. The core is our youth and their families. This includes organizations in schools, churches, synagogues, and local communities, as well as many individuals who simply show up at our collection sites and want to help. On Christmas Eve, many of those people who have worked to help make the Drive possible go out with us on either the day or evening deliveries, often spending precious moments with the men and women who so desperately need your help.
One of the most inspirational components of our annual drive is the commitment of the young children such as those at the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, Maryland. The backpack program has become a major part of teaching their students the Christian values that are such an important part of their overall mission. In the past few years the students of School of the Incarnation have purchased and stuffed nearly 1,000 backpacks a year. Other schools such as Severn, Severna Park Middle School, Key, Indian Creek Middle and St. Mary’s have also participated and are becoming more involved. Our hope is that more and more schools, at every level, will become an integral part of Giving Back.
Ways to Support
Group & Individual Activities – please reach out to your local schools, church, civic clubs, communities, employers, families, etc…
Sponsor a Backpack Program– For a $25 donation a new backpack filled with all new items: thermal underwear, sweatshirt, socks, hat and gloves are provided to an individual living on the streets. If available, any additional funds are used to purchase boots, shower shoes, blankets, underwear and other shelter requests.
Financial Donation – Please contact your HR dept. regarding matching charity donations. Ask your frequented local shops to consider making a financial contribution. We are an all- volunteer 501c3 community organization.
Toiletry Drive – Items most requested are travel size: soap, shampoo, men’s and women’s deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, hand sanitizer, comb, Chap Stick, lotion, powder, and women’s sanitary products. Sorting and packing is taking place at Severna Park Middle School on Dec. 10th. Please see the events tab for more details.
Coat Drive – We need new or gently used coats for all ages and sizes, delivered to FM by 12/23. Contact your local shops/employer to become a collection site, set up a box to collect coats or toiletries.
Satellite U-Haul Collection Sites – Please see the events page for the many convenient drop-off locations. Start collecting new and gently used clothes (all ages and sizes) and personal articles, baby items, disposable diapers, formula, toys, linens, blankets and non-perishable food. Organize a group to man a satellite collection truck location, we will provide the U-Haul.
Farmers Market (FM) Collection Site – Dec. 20th – 23rd, collecting all items listed above. Many volunteers are needed between 10-4 daily to sort, organize and pack the u-hauls. We encourage groups to pick a specific day for volunteering. Get your local school group together, church, or other organizations.
Cakes – Who knew there were so many bakers out there... cake need is filled, please consider making cookies. Calling all bakers! Nothing says love like fresh home baked goods…need delivered to Farmers Market Dec. 23th. The rectangle disposable sheet pans from the dollar store work best. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084ea4af2aa20-calling
Cookies – Calling all bakers! Consider baking a dozen or two cookies to share this holiday season. Organize a holiday baking party with your kids and friends. Cookies need to be delivered to Woods Memorial Church on Dec. 18th. No fancy packaging needed, cookies are evenly mixed and packaged in trays. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4ca8a72ca31-christmas1
Scarves – All bolts have been handed out and need to be delivered to FM by 12/22
Cards – Make a Christmas/Holiday cards, delivered to FM by 12/22
Christmas Eve Deliveries – Morning U-Haul/Shelter deliveries - Arrive at the Annapolis Parkn’Ride on Riva Rd at 8:00am for shelter assignments. Leave for shelters by 9am, normal return time is noon-1pm. Night backpack deliveries – arrive at the FM location at 3:45pm, leave by 5 to truck distribution location. Normally finished by 8pm.
Please, Please, please… Get the word out!!! Talk to your school, church, civic organizations, church, community association, neighbors, and family about the many opportunities to help our neighbors in need.
Please share developments, activities and success, so we can support one another!
www.homelessdrive.org and on Facebook: Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy