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Baltimore- and DC-Regional Philanthropies for Children
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      (Saturday, December 7th, 2019)   This page offers descriptive links to a number of charitable activities that benefit children in particular, and that often involve active participation by children.  Such groups often have volunteer opportunities, especially during the late-year holidays.  Some work year-'round.  The page's purpose is twofold: to concretely benefit those in need, and to give our young people the experience of making the world a better place through their own personal efforts.  Most of these are fairly large efforts, regional or national in scale. 

      There is plenty of room for more on this list!  We welcome any that you might recommend, of any size, particularly those local to our area, and will happily credit you and your organization as source.  We'd particularly like to learn of activities and organizations that bring love and comfort to children who have been abandoned, abused, or who are severely injured or ill, such as those spending the holidays in shelters, hospitals and hospices.

      Feel free to contact us at overlea.rose@geotrees.com.

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  • The Helzberg Foundation:   The "I am Loved" page.
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "Spread the Message of Love" with this foundation, home of the "I am Loved" button campaign since 1967, and key to "Pennies'" original inspiration.  An activity of the Helzberg Diamonds company, which is engaged in a number of charitable and service activities to benefit those young and not-so-young.  Thank you, Kathy...

  • Samaritan's Purse International Relief:   www.samaritanspurse.org.
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.  Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ."
          For the late-year holidays of 2018, Samaritan's Purse is conducting Operation Christmas Child, wherein local community people pack shoe boxes of love and caring for people in need around the world.  "Invite friends and neighbors to come help out for any amount of time.  Students can earn volunteer service hours for school requirements."  Some local campaigns provide pizza lunch for their volunteers.

  • The Playtime Project:   www.playtimeproject.org.  
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "We believe that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status. We seek to help create a city that provides every opportunity for homeless children to succeed by advocating for affordable housing and safe shelters for all families.
          "Since 2003, our trained and screened volunteers have provided weekly activities, healthy snacks, and opportunities to play and learn for the children at emergency shelter and transitional housing sites in the District of Columbia.  In the past ten years, Playtime volunteers have served thousands of children at seven different sites throughout the city.
          "Through thirteen weekly children's programs, volunteers provide playful games, chances to learn through art, movement and imaginative play, one-on-one attention and caring adult supervision for children, as well as support for the entire family with parent support and referrals, clothing and school supply donations, and chances to celebrate with holiday parties throughout the year.  Older children accompany volunteers on field trips throughout the year to experience the rich culture of Washington, DC and take a break from weekends staying in a shelter."

  • St. Baldrick's Foundation:   www.stbaldricks.org.
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "St. Baldrick's is a whimsical twist on St. Patrick's Day - when brave volunteers agreed to shave their heads bald to raise funds for childhood cancer research. . .  In our first year together as an independent St. Baldrick's Foundation, we raised over $5.3 million. . .  St. Baldrick's began with three people who wanted to make a difference, and chose to help children with cancer.  Today, the St. Baldrick's Foundation unites thousands of volunteers whose shared mission - to shave the way to a cure - has captured the enthusiasm and devotion of people around the world."
          "'Virtual shaves' are available for those who don't want to go 'the full Monty.'"
          There are many events and participants throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, and they take place year-round.  To find one (or more) near you by Zip code and selected distance range, start with this link: www.stbaldricks.org/events/ and see "Find an Event" on the left of the page.
          Thanks to Steve Sheldon of the Old Brogue Restaurant and Pub in Great Falls, Virginia for the original information on St. Baldrick's.  The Foundation has many local organizers and contacts - please visit their home site to find one near you.

  • Santa Claus Anonymous:   www.santaclausanonymous.org/
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "A Baltimore area charity dedicated since 1934 to: 'Give a Child a Christmas' by providing anonymous monetary support in the form of gift certificates to parents or guardians of underprivileged children in Baltimore City and the following counties in Maryland: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard."
          Phone: 443-557-7000 or 410-456-9269;   E-mail: santa@santaclausanonymous.org.

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children:   www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of pediatric specialty hospitals, founded by the Shrine, where children under the age of 18 receive excellent medical care absolutely free of charge."

  • Toys for Tots:   www.toysfortots.org/
    Verified as "Live" on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.
          "Mission: To collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  Goal: To deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders." 
          Very active in the Baltimore area for many years.  This is a nationwide organization; visit their home page to find your local points of contact.

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Dedicated with great respect and great love to Kathy, to whom this page owes its existence, and to her dad, and her mom.
To Baby Rowe and the unborn.  To Sister Nabra, and to the Nayaz brothers of Herndon, Virginia, peace be upon them. 
To Makiyah.  To Aaron, Chad, Chelsea, Christianne, Joel, Katie, Matthew, Nicole, Paul, Samantha, Steve, and Xia,
and to all children in danger and in pain, everywhere.

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