Calvary Assembly of Walkersville and Mount Airy are sponsoring a Sober Christmas Project. The project is designed to help people struggling with alcohol and drug abuse and also help the homeless. This is the third year in a row that the churches have provided gift bags filled with personal hygiene items and blankets.

People in these shelters are often alone and have no family to be with on Christmas and the day becomes just another lonely day with nothing special to look forward to. With these gifts, donors try to provide encouragement and hope and let them know there are people who care about them.

The churches need to raise about $10,000 to provide these gifts. On Dec. 16, they will set up tables, arranging items, making final counts and taping boxes together. On Dec. 17, members will be packaging the items to be distributed. All ages are invited. Assistance is needed with packaging, writing cards, bagging candy and cookies, and transporting the gift bags to the designated locations.

This year, 300 gifts will be distributed to places including Olson House, Gale House, Frederick Rescue Mission, Mountain Manor, Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster Shelters, and W House and Wells House, both in Hagerstown.

Donations to Sober Christmas Project can be sent to Calvay Assembly, Sober Christmas Project, 8234 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville MD 21793.

For more information, contact Pastor John Kenney at 301-898-7811 or email, or David Brooks at

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