Legal Aid launches Holiday Giving Program

Want to brighten the holidays for an abused or neglected child? Donate to this year’s Holiday Giving Program, sponsored by the Baltimore Child Advocacy Unit. “Our unit represents approximately 5,000 abused and neglected children each year,” said paralegal Sandra Harrison. “We work with children ranging from newborns to 21-year-olds who have been removed from their parents care and placed where they can receive the love and support they need to begin healing.”

Each year, the unit identifies children who are with caregivers where there is no money to celebrate the holidays. Over the past five years the staff has facilitated sponsorship of hundreds of children to provide them with a memorable holiday.

“All children grow excited in anticipation of the holidays,” Sandra said. “We are committed that no child we represent will be left to deal with the hard realization that there will not be anything for them this year.” This year’s goal is to sponsor 145 children in partnership with the Baltimore County office–and the unit needs your support.

Two options are available. The first is a financial donation, which will be used to provide gifts (toys and clothing) for children and food for the whole family. The second is to sponsor a family or individual child. If you’d like to sponsor a child or family, contact Meira Shapiro at (410) 951-7641. To make a financial donation, write a check payable to the Legal Aid Bureau, write Donna’s Place on the memo line and mail it to Legal Aid, 500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21202, attention Meira Shapiro. Your generosity will brighten the holidays for many abused and neglected children this year. If you have any questions, contact Meira.

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