The Severna Park Community Center is among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For some people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday—which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet to help others. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations." Several…
Though the fundraising goal was reduced due to tough economic times, officials from the local Salvation Army say many who once helped are now in need
ome of the former financial supporters of the local Salvation Army branch are now turning to the organization because they need help, said Capt. Richard New. New, a corps officer for the Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County, said more new people are seeking help. "The need is different this year," he said and added that many area families are trying to cope with a job loss and other struggles as a result of the crippled economy. "We're seeing a lot more families from our donor list (that are now clients)." That's why this year's Red Kettle campaign -- which hosts sites throughout the community to collect money from passersby for a variety of programs that help the needy -- is especially important, New said. As of …