Giving Back, Linda's Legacy, Homeless Drive

Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy Holiday Homeless Drive Seeks Donations, Volunteers

Next time you’re cold, just imagine living outdoors! Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy (GBLL), is a local, all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit, founded by Linda Greenberg, that has been delivering lifesaving essentials to the homeless for three decades. Now serving nearly 30 shelters in A.A. County, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and hundreds of others living outdoors, GBLL can use your help for its 2013 drive:

Donate goods: Volunteers will be at the Annapolis Farmers Market on Riva Rd. collecting new or gently-used coats, shoes, blankets, household goods, toiletries (unopened), nonperishable food, diapers, etc. Your donations will go directly to shelters and those living outdoors. The collection occurs Dec. 20–23, 11:00am–4:00pm, (Saturday noon-5:00pm).

Sponsor a Backpack: GBLL buys empty backpacks and stuffs them with thermal underwear top/bottom, sweatpants/shirt, socks, gloves and hat. Because GBLL buys in bulk, the cost-per-backpack is only $25. Organizations and individuals “sponsor” these backpacks by committing to a certain number at $25 each. Last year about 2,000 of them were distributed, but sadly, demand still exceeded supply.

“Gift” a Backpack: For your relative who has everything, “gift” them a backpack for the homeless for $25. A gift card will be sent to you to present as your gift for this hard-to-shop-for person. Accomplish this quickly online through our website.

Make Monetary Donations Online: Short on time? Donating money is simple at www.homelessdrive.org. Financial gifts help purchase necessities.

Corporate Sponsorship: We’ll display your company name publicly so everyone knows of your involvement in helping others. Or donate hats, gloves, jackets, etc. bearing your logo to distribute on Dec. 24. Many levels of sponsorship are available.

Volunteer: Do a coat collection in your neighborhood or have a bag-lunch-making party. You can also help sort/label/box donations at the Farmers Market December 20-23, 10:00am–5:00pm (Starts noon on Sat.) - a fun, festive atmosphere, with holiday songs, lunch and camaraderie. Students earn community service hours. Working at the Farmers Market also “earns” you the opportunity to participate in the Christmas Eve delivery to the homeless (day begins 8:30am; night begins 3:30pm). GBLL also seeks doctors/nurses, musicians, hairdressers or food service providers to help during the delivery.

Questions? Visit www.homelessdrive.org or email info@homelessdrive.org.

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