It’s al­most time again

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS - By JERRY BATHORY Jerry’s Chil­dren’s Fund

Dear friends,

This will be our 12th year of help­ing chil­dren in our area. 2020 has been a night­mare with the coro­n­avirus af­fect­ing so many fam­i­lies.

Many par­ents los­ing their jobs has put a bur­den on their way of life. The chil­dren have also suf­fered. Buy­ing toys and mis­cel­la­neous items from my sources has put me back about six months or so. You and I can make a dif­fer­ence to make the chil­dren hap­pier for Christ­mas this year.

The thought of chil­dren do­ing with­out any­thing makes us sad. I know we can’t help ever y child, but we can do our best. The giv­ing peo­ple of Dundalk, Edge­mere, Es­sex and other ar­eas have been great in the past and should be proud that they have helped th­ese kids. Whether you re­al­ize it or not, ever yone of you have been an im­por­tant part of the jour­ney. Some of you have been there from the be­gin­ning and some we have been lucky enough to find along the way.

The lit­tle things don’t mean any­thing – they mean ever ything. Last year was our best year ever. We took care of about 190 chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to have a brighter and warmer Christ­mas Day. We helped some lo­cal schools, also some lo­cal trusted or­ga­ni­za­tions and many lo­cal fam­i­lies who needed our help. We re­ceived more do­na­tions than we have ever got­ten, so we could give each child many gifts.

I’ll be work­ing with the guid­ance coun­selors and so­cial work­ers to find out who the need­i­est chil­dren are and find out their ex­act needs. I have to be fin­ished by the first week of De­cem­ber to de­liver to the schools. I buy most of the com­mon needs all year long, but al­ways need more of the new toys when I get the lists from the schools.

So please don’t hes­i­tate. You can call me any­time at 443- 895- 8137 for pick- up or de­liver y.

Th­ese are the items needed for the chil­dren, ages three years old to mid- teens: col­or­ing books, crayons, paint books, col­ored pen­cils, sketch pads, arts and crafts, youth books, wrestlers, Spider- Man, Su­per­man, makeup, nail pol­ish, lo­tions, cos­metic jew­elr y, board games, bat­ter­ies, PJ Mask, Bar­bie, L. O. L., baby dolls, hair ac­ces­sories, mu­si­cal items, foot­balls, JoJo Siwa, Paw Pa­trol, Star Wars, Hot Wheels, Match­box, My Lit­tle Pony, Dora, soc­cer balls, DVDs ( G- rated), learn­ing items, puz­zles, Lego, Poke­mon, Uni­corns, Trolls, Frozen, Ravens items, Ori­oles items ac­tion fig­ures, Lit­tlest Pet Shop, win­ter hats and gloves ( mostly new), gift cards from Wal­mart or 5 Below.

Mone­tar y do­na­tions are to be made out to Jerr y Bathor y.

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED BY JERRY BATHORY

Jerry Bathory, with his grand­daugh­ter Kate­lyn, who is pur­su­ing a nurs­ing de­gree at the Univer­sity of North Carolina Char­lotte.

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