Tis the season for giving


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Soldiers give presents to children in need.

Sibel Lorentz and Sarah Hyatt

As the holiday season continues, so does the time of giving. While gifts are bought for loved ones and friends, one should also consider giving to those in need. Here are a few local places to consider when purchasing gifts.  


Humane Society 

(410) 213-0146 

12330 Eagles Nest Rd  

Berlin, MD 21811 

Its mission is to provide food, vet care, and unconditional love until finding a suitable, loving and forever homes for their animals. Relying mainly on donations from the public, The Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and no kill animal shelter serving Worcester County.

Items needed include:

Cleaning Supplies: Gallons of Bleach, Liquid Dish Soap, Fabuloso Cleaner (found at Dollar General/Walmart), Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Tall Kitchen trash bags 

Pet Care: Purina Kitten Chow, Paws and Claws Litter (blue bag from Tractor Supply), Canned Kitten/Puppy Food, Canned Cat/Dog Food, Cloth Towels, Kitten/Puppy Milk Replacer, Cat/Kitten/Dog/Puppy Treats, Collars, Small Plastic Liter Boxes, Leashes, Pet Toys 



(410) 213-0923 

9748 Stephen Decatur Highway 

Ocean City, MD 21842 

Accepts in-kind donations for use at the Main House and to be sold at the Used to Be Mine Thrift store. Profits from the Thrift Store go directly to it’s operating budget. Donations can be dropped off at 12747 Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City seven days a week. The ideal time for dropping off is 8 am to 6 pm. Diakonia accepts most items including used toys, clothes, linens, household items and furniture.  

Additionally, having a need for the following items: 

Adult Bicycles, Business Attire, Canned/Frozen Food, Cleaning Products, Clothing, Coffee, Condiments, Detergent, Diapers, Hand sanitizer, Household Items, Mattress covers, Napkins/Paper Towels, Jackets, Pasta and Rice, Pillows, Produce, Shower Shoes, Socks, Sweaters, T-Shirts, Toilet Paper, Trash bags, Undergarments, Zip lock bags 


Other ways to donate include 

Donate some spare change to the Salvation Army. Stations are located outside of the West Ocean City Walmart. 

Participate in the annual Atlantic General Hospital Penguin Swim. A fun event to support the not-for-profit local community hospital.