Children and seniors receive much-needed items in Sandtown-Winchester, thanks to UPS and generous companies

Date: May 20, 2015

After the recent events in Baltimore, our community has come together to help. To deliver hope. More than 40 different companies at 90 sites across central Maryland collected urgently needed supplies like diapers, food, toiletries and more for babies, children and seniors in the affected communities.

On Monday, UPS stepped in to do what they do best – deliver. Driver Felix and our volunteer crew began in Owings Mills at two CareFirst locations and then traveled to Classic Catering to gather more than 400 boxes of donations. Employees at both companies were ready to help load.

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The most rewarding part of the day was delivering donations to the Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center.  When the seniors – many in their nineties — learned that UPS trucks were coming with much-needed items, they waited.  And they were not disappointed at the outpouring of support from the community – boxes delivered were full of nutritional supplements, toothpaste, soap, Depends, paper towels, food and much more.

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Our last stop was Matthew A. Henson Elementary School.  Eager students helped carry in the abundance of donations, which filled more than half the auditorium stage. Principal David Guzman reinforced that while the cameras may be gone, United Way and community partners remain here to support the students, school and community for the long-term..

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Despite the 90-degree heat and humidity, the smiles on the kids’ faces and the thankfulness from the seniors said it all. We are strongest when we come together as #OneBaltimore, as one community.

Many thanks to UPS and all the company donors and volunteers.

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