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Sign up to Sponsor a Family in Need in our Holiday Caring Program

Every day we see the unique challenges facing our neighbors in need. The holidays are no exception. Unfortunately, there are families in our area that have faced an emergency situation this year, leaving them struggling to pay their rent, pay their utility bill, fill a prescription, or buy food. These financial stresses make it difficult or even impossible to provide a holiday dinner or Christmas gifts for their children.

The SPAN Holiday Caring Program helps our neighbors in need by providing assistance with holiday food baskets and gifts for children. In order to provide this assistance, we depend on the generosity of people like you! Please consider becoming a sponsor - you will be matched with a SPAN client family, purchase the food and/or gifts for the family, and deliver the donation to SPAN for distribution. Sponsors also have the option of sending SPAN a tax-deductible donation or gift cards.

To become a sponsor, please complete the attached sponsor form and return it to SPAN. For more information please email us at spanhelps@yahoo.com or call us at 410-647-0889. Thank you for your help. Together we are making a difference every day!

 


Our Annual 5K/1M, the Turkey Trot, is Coming Nov. 11. Sponsor or Register now!

It's that time of year again! We are gearing up for our biggest fundraiser, our Turkey Trot 5K run/1M walk, which will be held at Kinder Farm Park on Sunday, November 11. Sponsorship and registration forms are right here, or you can pick them up at the SPAN office. To register online, click here: http://www.active.com/millersville-md/…/stride-for-span-2018. Register early, as this event is limited and sells out every year!

For business owners, sponsorship allows you to show the community how you care for local charities, and your logo and name will be published on banners and lots of other promotional materials.

This is a wonderful, family-friendly event. Bring your dogs, strollers and kids! We will have lots of great food and prizes!

 


Vacation Bible Schools Help Restock Our Pantry

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.." - Matthew 25:35

Local vacation bible schools practiced what they preached, as many local schools collected food and distributed it to SPAN during their week-long sessions.

Particularly noteworthy were the contributions of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church's VBS, who dedicated a different goal to each day of the week. Monday was breakfast day, etc. We are so grateful for all your gifts!


Fabu' Salon and Theresa Kurtz, Realtor at ReMax One, Partner up to Give Free Haircuts and Backpacks Filled With School Supplies to Children in Need

On Monday, August 20, we saw a wonderful display of local businesses collaborating to help local children in need as the start of school approaches. The brainchild of Theresa Kurtz - Realtor at Re/Max One, the plan was simple: to provide free haircuts and backpacks full of school supplies to some kids who would have a tough time affording it on their own. Fabu' Salon & Spa, under the thoughtful leadership of Jean-Marie, Stylist at Fabu' Salon & Spa, decided to donate a Monday - a day they are usually closed - to providing free haircuts to 48 children, whose names SPAN provided. Eight stylists donated their time! They also collected backpacks and school supplies for 100. The remainder of the backpacks went to students at the Cisco Center.

Those who helped, by either collecting school supplies, donating cash, or both were: The Cottage, Severna Park Family Chiropractic, Garry's Grill & Catering, Bulldog Bikes and Floats, Shauna Lodowski Talbot, Lee Talbot - State Farm Insurance Agent, and many others!

We were allowed to sit ringside at Fabu as these kids were treated like royalty, with drinks, cupcakes, balloons, candy, and a lot of pampering. It was heartwarming! Following are some of the photos we captured...


SPRFC Holds Weeklong Shop Local Food Collection, Featuring SPAN

Thank you to Andrea Granquist Eichenlaub and SPRFC for highlighting SPAN in their Shop Local event last week. They collected and donated an entire carload of food to us for our neighbors in need!


Sun and Fun at the 2018 Shop Local Fun Festival in Park Plaza!

What a tremendous turnout there was at the Shop Local Fun Festival on August 18! Thanks to the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce and all on the committee who worked so hard to make it happen. SPAN raised over $150 in cash, plus collected six bags stuffed with food and some school supplies. We got a $100 donation from Kwon's Tae Kwon Do! We also were given three cases of fruit by 1430 WNAV, courtesy of Green Valley Marketplace. Most importantly, we were able to spread the word about SPAN to people who had not heard of us. Thanks for giving us an interview, WNAV, and thanks, organizers, for allowing us to make a short speech at the event!

 


Anonymous Donor Gives SPAN $5,000 for Special Needs

We all have angels in our everyday lives, and one of them just blessed SPAN with a wonderful gift. This anonymous donor gave SPAN $5,000, and asked us to use the money for special needs that do not fall under our regular parameters. This is the same anonymous donor that gave us another $5,000 grant last fall, with which we were able to help a grieving father pay for his daughter's funeral, a landscaper get his truck fixed so he could continue to work, and a breast-cancer patient pay for unexpected expenses. Thank you, dear donor, you are much appreciated! 


Back-to-School Supplies Drive by Theresa Kurtz and Re/Max One

Hats off to Theresa Kurtz - Realtor at Re/Max One for organizing an amazing back-to-school event to benefit those in need in our community! Fabu' Salon & Spa will be giving free haircuts and backpacks full of school supplies to our clients on August 20. SPAN will serve as a drop-off point for school supplies. You can bring them by during our office hours (M-Th 10-2) or 24/7 in our bin behind our building. Other drop-off points are Fabu', The Cottage, Severna Park Chiropractic, and Garry's Grill. For those who drop off at Fabu' Salon, you will receive a coupon for 25% off your next retail purchase.

Thanks also to Garry's Grill & Catering for being a cash sponsor of this event!

Don't you just love it when local businesses get together for the betterment of our community! <3


Curtis Family Scouts Collect Lots of Donations in Carrollton Manor

The Curtis family of Carrollton Manor has three dedicated Scouts: Kellen Curtis is with Boy Scout Troop 857, Cian Curtis is with Boy Scout Troop 855, and Shannon Curtis is with Girl Scout Troop 10178. They wanted a project where they could do some good for their community, so they decided to do a Carrollton Manor food drive. We couldn't believe how much food they collected! They dropped off more than 30 bags and boxes filled with food, toiletries, and baby supplies, plus $47 in cash! Thank you for your generosity!


Another Fun and Successful Fourth of July Parade in Severna Park!

 

What a fantastic time we had at the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade yesterday! We collected four shopping carts full of food, and $685 in donations from spectators! In addition to our two directors, thanks to SPAN President Ted Florenz and volunteer Barbara Troxel for braving the heat to march with us. Thanks to Benfield Safeway and manager Brian Dowling for loaning us four shopping carts and donating a dozen balloons. Thanks also to the energetic and thoughtful youth from the Chartwell Young Leaders group - led by Marci Flynn - and Kate and Travis Peterson for leading our group with their decorated Jeep! Thanks also to the parents of these fine youth who marched alongside us. Thanks also to the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church Praise Band, led by Sarah Kent, for introducing the SPAN group and letting folks know about our collection. Following are the youth from Chartwell Young Leaders who helped us in the Parade:

Peter Regala
Thomas Regala
DA Regala
Taylor Jones
Caroline Peterson
Hanna Verreault
Hunter Verreault
Sophie McAvoy
McKenna Miller
Luke Miller
Mia Phippen
Lola Phippen
Ryleigh Connell
Cecilia Clanton
Kaitlyn Flynn
Hunter Flynn



SPAN, Inc. (Serving People Across Neighborhoods)
400 Benfield Rd.
Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 410-647-0889
Fax: 410-647-7724
Email: spanhelps@yahoo.com
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-2:00pm (please arrive by 1:30)