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With Christmas around the corner, many needy families in Baltimore will struggle to provide the food and gifts so many of us take for granted during the holidays.  A number of recent and upcoming events, all headed by the city’s elected officials, are seeking to make the holidays a joyful occasion for more Baltimore’s families. 

Recently, Councilman Brandon Scott (D-2nd District), joined by a number of the city’s younger elected officials—including incoming state delegates Antonio Hayes (D-40th District), Brooke Lierman (D-46th District), and Cory McCray (D-45th District), Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-46th District), councilpersons Nick Mosby and Eric Costello, as well as incoming Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby—held his ‘Holiday Bowling for a Cause’ event, which sought to collect gifts for families receiving assistance from the Dept. of Social Services. The event was held at Baltimore’s Shake & Bake Family Fun Center and volunteers collected over 120 gifts for needy families.

“What we’ve been trying to do is have all of the young elected officials in the city try to meet more often and do things together, and we thought that it would be a great, opportunity for us to come together and do something fun . . . that benefits people in need in the city of Baltimore, especially around the holidays, but also that lifts up a business or a location in the city that we’re trying to get people to reconnect to,” Scott said.

On Dec. 4, the Baltimore City House Delegation, chaired by Del. Curt Anderson (D-43rd District), will hold its second annual ‘Eat, Drink & Fight Hunger’ event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Scoozi’s Restaurant on Falls Road in Baltimore. The price of entry is two canned food items. Proceeds from the happy hour will benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

Del. Hayes and Councilman Costello have also partnered with Midtown BBQ and Brew for a holiday toy drive and fundraiser on Dec. 12 at 5 pm, benefiting Toys for Tots and the Sisters Academy of Baltimore.

“I often talk about my call to service was witnessing my great grandmother as a child working in the soup kitchens, and things of that nature, and giving—she always told us that giving is better than receiving. . . . So especially at times like this, I think it’s important that we step up and play an active role in the community and give the people that may not otherwise have one, an opportunity to celebrate a big Christmas,” said Hayes.

Anyone who brings an unwrapped gift or 10 canned goods will receive a free drink coupon. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Sisters Academy, an all girl school focused on leadership opportunities for young women. “They’ve been doing an awesome job of exposing young women to different aspects of business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and government, so they are partnering with us on this endeavor,” said Hayes.