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 December 8th from 9 - noon. To arrange drop off prior to December 8th, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
More details coming soon!
www.homelessdrive.org and on Facebook: Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy