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.

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   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 December 9th from 9 - noon.   To arrange drop off prior to December 16th, contact us at info@homelessdrive.org

Coat Drive – We need new or gently used coats for all ages and sizes, delivered to FM by 12/27.  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. 26th – 28th, collecting all items listed above.  Many volunteers are needed between 9-4 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 –  Calling all bakers!  Nothing says love like fresh home baked goods.  The rectangle disposable sheet pans with lids from the dollar store work best.  Cakes can be delivered on Dec. 22nd or 23rd to: 103 Balsam Drive Severna Park.  Tables are available on the carport for drop off.  Please see the signup for more info.  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B084EA4AF2AA20-holiday

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 December 27th between 9-10am.  No fancy packaging needed, cookies are evenly mixed and packaged in trays.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4ca8a72ca31-christmas3

Scarves –  We have fleece bolts that simply need to be cut into 6in widths and fringe the ends…no sewing required.  Great project for youth groups or families.  Contact Karen Clayton @ krnclytn.kc@gmail.com to arrange pickup.  All completed scarves must be returned by December 27th to Karen Clayton or the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market collection site.  

Cards – Receiving a Christmas/Holiday card is very special, especially when you feel like the world has forgotten you.  A simple homemade card brings great joy to the clients we meet and serve during the holidays.  It's a goal to give everyone we make contact with a card.... 6,000+ needed.  Every card counts so please delivery completed cards to the Anne Arundel Co. Farmers Market Collection site by December 27th.

Deliveries – Morning U-Haul/Shelter deliveries - December 29th, Arrive at the Annapolis Park n’Ride on Riva Rd at 8:00am for shelter assignments.  Leave for shelters by 9am, normal return time is noon-1pm. 

Night backpack deliveries – December 24th, 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!

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