Elected of­fi­cials host 2nd An­nual District 25 Hol­i­day Party & Toy Drive

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

Christ­mas is more than a week away but the sea­son of giv­ing back has al­ready be­gun.

While Santa is busy mak­ing a list and check­ing it twice, elves in Prince George’s County are busy col­lect­ing gifts and toys in hopes of giv­ing needy fam­i­lies with hos­pi­tal­ized chil­dren some­thing to be jolly about this hol­i­day sea­son.

To help sup­port fam­i­lies with sick loved ones at Chil­dren’s Na­tional Health Sys­tem and Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal, state del­e­gates Dar­ryl Barnes, An­gela M. An­gel, Dereck E. Davis and Sen. Ulysses Cur­rie — who all rep­re­sent District 25 — hosted their sec­ond an­nual hol­i­day party and toy drive Mon­day in Largo at the Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Ho­tel Largo/Wash­ing­ton DC. Dozens of gifts rocked around a col­or­fully lit Christ­mas tree as guests min­gled and decked the halls with lots of laugh­ter.

“The pur­pose is for us to give back to those that would not or­di­nar­ily have a Christ­mas,” Barnes said in an in­ter­view. “Every year, we try to give back to the kids who are in the can­cer ward at Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and now Doc­tors Hospi­tal.”

For Barnes, he said there’s noth­ing that does the heart any greater than to see kids with smil­ing faces. It’s also nice to see the par­ents get joy out of it too, as they likely don’t have the time, energy or fi­nances to go Christ­mas shop­ping for their kids, he said.

“I just want to do all that I can to help that pop­u­la­tion and to help those par­ents be­cause their money is go­ing into treat­ment and other bills,” Barnes said. “If I can pro­vide any type of relief, along with my col­leagues, then that’s what we want to do.”

Last year, Barnes said he and his col­leagues col­lected roughly 400 toys. His goal for this year was to col­lect more bi­cy­cles be­cause that was a re­quest made at the first toy drive.

Thanks to the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Depart­ment

Del. Dar­ryl Barnes, Rep. An­thony Brown, Del. An­gela An­gel and Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Chief Marc Bashoor pose for a group photo as they stand in front of a Christ­mas tree sur­rounded with gifts dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual District 25 hol­i­day party...

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