There are many opportunities to give this holiday season at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore.  The generosity of the community during the holidays helps us to provide essential services throughout the year and truly makes a difference at this time of year.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Prepare a Meal for the Hungry:  From November 1 through December 30, individuals or groups are needed to prepare and donate dishes that can be heated and served for lunch and dinner at Sarah's Hope family shelters located in West Baltimore, and Reisterstown.  You can also stay and help serve a meal if we have openings and you'd like to do so!

Serve a Meal:  Don't want to prepare a meal?  No problem!  You can serve at one of our multiple locations including the Beans & Bread Center, or Sarah's Hope family shelters.

Help with a Youth Activity:  Individuals and groups of up to 5 volunteers are needed to assit with youth activities during the holiday season.  Volunteers will work wtih staff to provide educational opportunities, games, arts and crafts, and music for children of all ages.  Volunteers can serve one time or mulitple shifts.

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Breakfast Bags:  Morning hospitality bags should contain a muffin, bagel, or a box of cereal, a pice of fruit and/or energy bar, and a juice box.

Bagged Lunches:  Bagged lunches should contain one meat and cheese sandwich, one piece of fruit, or a snack, and one room temperature drin, (i.e. a juice box).

Adopt a Head Start Classroom:  Bring the gift of cheer to 3 and 4 year old children attending Head Start by adopting a classroom.  Your group, church, business, or school can provide much needed classroom supplies.

Conduct a Drive:  Drives are a great way for us to collect vital supplies for our shelters to use throughout the year.  Your group, church, business, or school can work together to collect coats, hats, mittens, boots and toys for families.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Holiday WIsh List (all items should be new and unwrapped)

Warm Clothing:  Adult socks, men's & women's long underwear, adult sweaters, sets of hats, gloves, and scarves, adult flannel shirts, children's coats (size 4T-6x)

Personal Care Items:  Deodorant, toothbrushes, travel-sized toothpaste, disposable razors, feminine hygeine products, lotion.

Baby Items:  Diapers (especially sizes 4-6), baby wipes, and infant formula.

Gift Wrapping:  Wrapping paper, and tape.

Household Items:  Twin size blankets, twin size sheets, pillows, bath towels, washcloths, backpacks, clorox wipes, small appliances, and alarm clocks.

Educational Supplies:  Crayons, markers, notebooks, pens, pencils, and folders.

Toys & Games:  Pre-school toys and puzzles, construction paper, water-based paints, coloring books, basketballs and footbals.

Gift Cards & Pre-Paid Visa Cards:  Check out the SVDP Amazon wish list to click and shop donations directly to our programs.  Search for "St. Vincent de Paul" on Amazon Wish Lists or find the link on the St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore home page (www.vincentbaltimore.org).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOLIDAY GIVING, CONTACT MAGGIE ECKHOLD, VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR (410) 662-0500 ext.202, or email maggie.eckhold@vincentbaltimore.org

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