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
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 needed are travel size items: men’s and women’s deodorant, tooth brush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, comb, Chap Stick, lotion, powder, and women’s sanitary products.
Additional toiletry donations will be excepted up to Dec. 23rd.
Coat Drive – We need new or gently used coats for all ages and sizes, delivered to loading site by 12/23. Contact your local shops/employer to become a collection site, set up a box to collect coats or toiletries.
Satellite Collection Sites – Severna Park, Arnold, and Odenton. Please see the events tab for the many convenient drop-off locations. We need new and gently used clothes (all ages and sizes) and personal articles, baby items, disposable diapers, formula, toys, linens, blankets and non-perishable food. Watch the events tab and FB for more info.
Farmers Market Collection Site (FM) – Dec. 18th – 23rd, collecting all items listed above. Many volunteers are needed 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. Tuesday – Friday hours 1-8pm and Saturday and Sunday hours 1-6pm. Extended hours to accommodate school schedules.
Cakes – Calling all bakers, please consider making a cake or two! Nothing says love like fresh home baked goods…need delivered to 103 Balsam Drive on/by Dec. 22nd. The rectangle disposable sheet pans from the dollar store work best. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084EA4AF2AA20-holiday1
Cookies – 200 dozen, again calling all bakers! Organize a holiday baking party with your kids and friends. Cookies need to be delivered to Woods Memorial Church Dec. 23rd. No fancy packaging needed, cookies are evenly mixed and packaged in trays.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4ca8a72ca31-christmas4
Cards – Make a Christmas/Holiday cards, delivered to Collection Site by 12/22
Christmas Eve Deliveries – Morning U-Haul/Shelter deliveries - Arrive at the Annapolis Park ’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 3:45, leave by 5 to truck distribution location. Normally finished by 7pm.
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