By Joan Marshall
Thanks to the generosity of our Glen Mar community, many area families and children in need were blessed with wonderful gifts this past Christmas.
We provided gifts to 32 families that included 157 people, 112 of whom were children. All families received grocery store gift cards in addition to individual gifts. Gift recipients were selected by Ames Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore, the Judy Center in Howard County, the Howard County Public School System, HopeWorks of Howard County, and the Eva Johnson Foundation.
We also provided gifts to another 10 teenagers through the UMC Board of Child Care as well as gift cards to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to distribute to guests.
One of our gift recipients was overwhelmed when gifts were delivered to her home that included a children’s kitchen set for her daughter. She said that was all her daughter wanted, and she could not afford it. This mother could only afford to buy books and coloring books for her children this year.
Our deepest thanks go out to all of our volunteers and donors who truly made this past Christmas a joyous one for many!