Thanksgiving Dinner with Baltimore Ravens Serves 132 Families

“Saying that my kids are fans of the Ravens are an understatement. They are so excited to be here. My little one is in his [Ravens] jersey right now and my oldest one has been taking pictures of the players all night,” said attendee *Erika P.

On Monday, November 19, The Salvation Army partnered with former Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Jameel McClain’s 53 Families Foundation to host their ninth annual Thanksgiving-style community dinner in Baltimore. More than 70 volunteers, including the 53 Families Foundation, The Salvation Army, Maryland National Guards, and soldiers from the Joint Force Headquarters Fifth Regiment Armory, supported the event.

132 families, including 314 adults and 425 kids, attended this exciting event, all of whom are recipients of The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s Angel Tree program.

“To invite me to a place like this means the world to me because I’ve never been invited to a place where you can have fellowship with other people in the same situation as you,” said Wanda Robinson, mother of three. Wanda’s family has benefitted from the Angel Tree program for the past three years.

More than 20 former and current Baltimore Ravens players participated in the event, including Morgan Cox, Marshal Yanda, and Jacoby Jones. The players signed autographs, took pictures, and served dinner for the families. The dinner was catered by local chefs. Each family also went home with a gift bag of Thanksgiving fixings, some of which included vouchers to redeem a free turkey from The Salvation Army’s DMG Foods.

In addition to these families not having the financial resources to buy Christmas gifts for their kids, these families often do not have the means to enjoy other luxuries like a catered meal, or a ticket to a Raven’s game, which on average is $86 per person. For these families, especially the children, interacting with their home football team on a personal level at a catered event, is a once in a lifetime experience.

“I didn’t even have enough money for a stamp to mail back the RSVP card for this event,” said attendee * Erika P. “Families in need, especially families in Baltimore City, never get to attend events like this.”

*Erika is the mother of two children, ages two and twelve. In addition to receiving Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army also provided her family with 40 pounds of food, water, and hygienic products at the Feed the Children feeding distribution, this past October. This was her family’s first year attending the Thanksgiving event and she was visibly emotional to have been invited.

“I want to thank The Salvation Army for taking the time out to do all that they do for us. It meant a lot to bring my family here tonight. God sent The Salvation Army to me to help my family in our time of need,” said *Erika.

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Baltimore Families: Come Celebrate Mud Day Fun Day on June 29th!

Did you know Friday, June 29 is International Mud Day? Yes..that’s a real thing! Bring the whole family to the Carrie Murray Nature Center to celebrate International Mud Day by immersing yourselves in mud play at a variety of stations, sensory activities, crafts, and plain dirty fun! $5 per child and adults are free. To register or to learn more details, click to see full flyer.

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Women’s Auxiliary Hosts Third Annual Garden Party

To help raise money for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s programs, our Women’s Auxiliary hosted their third annual Garden Party at the Country Club of Maryland on May 15. Doors opened at 11 a.m. and over 120 people attended the event. The reservation fee was $25 and the guests enjoyed a lunch and dessert, provided by the country club.

The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary is a volunteer group that hosts various fundraising events to send kids to camp, provide toiletries for Booth House, and aid other programs for The Salvation Army of Central Maryland. With over 100 active members, the Women’s Auxiliary also provides hundreds of service hours, making them a core part of our organization.

J and J Entertainers provided the music for the event, including renditions of classics such as Beyond the Sea and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

Attendees had a chance to shop a variety of beaded, statement, pendant jewelry. Lucky guests also received gifts from Sally’s Surprises, consisting of spring floral centerpieces, comforter set, beach accessories, paintings, and more!

“Being a part of the Women’s Auxiliary is the most rewarding and fulfilling thing to do. You get to help people and know that your time, efforts, and money are going to a wonderful cause, helping the Salvation Army,” said Betsie Johnson, Women’s Auxiliary President and Advisory Board Member.

To become a member of the Women’s Auxiliary, see upcoming events, or to learn more information, click this link or contact Mavis Cutler.

Compassion in Action 2018

The Salvation Army of Central Maryland held their 14th annual Compassion in Action Gala on April 26 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Doors opened at 6:00 pm and over 250 people attended the event. ROUGE Catering provided a delicious catered dinner and dessert and guests enjoyed live music from our MD Praise Band.

The Compassion in Action Gala is an annual fundraiser that supports The Salvation Army of Central Maryland’s programs, which includes an anti-human trafficking home, thee boys & girls clubs, a 24-hour emergency family shelter, three corps community centers, and five family service centers.

This year’s theme, Planting Hope, Growing Communities, focused on the many ways in which The Salvation Army is expanding opportunities of service through new innovations. In conjunction with this theme, The Salvation Army showcased a video presentation at the event, highlighting The the organization’s latest initiative to combat food insecurity, DMG Foods grocery store.

ABC2News’ John Costello was the program host and Baltimore Orioles Executive Vice President Jon P. Angelos provided the keynote address.

Former Advisory Board Chairwoman Lois Rosenfield, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding commitment to supporting housing for the homeless throughout central Maryland. Lou Kousouris was also recognized as our newest Lifetime Advisory Board Member.

This year’s sponsorship opportunities included a Presenting Sponsor, followed by Lead, Gold, Silver, Pathway of Hope, and Friends of the Army sponsors.

Our top sponsor this year was our very own home team, the Baltimore Orioles. Lead sponsors included Connelly & Associates Fundraising, Harkins, True Sense Marketing, JMT, Evergreen Advisors, and Heritage Financial Consultants. Click here to see all of our 2018 sponsors that made this event possible.

All event sponsors are featured on signage throughout the event venue, as well on our website and event program. To learn more about this event or to become a sponsor at our next Compassion in Action Gala, please contact Resource Development Director, Amy Middleton.