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Maryland Legal Aid’s Holiday Giving Recap

Holiday Giving Program

Each year, the Baltimore City Child Advocacy Unit coordinates the Holiday Giving Program with the goal of collecting food, toys and clothing for abused and neglected children in need.

This year, the Program was able to serve 133 children! Maryland Legal Aid appreciates the contributions from individual and corporate sponsors, including Stanley Black & Decker, Hord Coplan Macht, Jubilee Baltimore, The Hatcher Group (Baltimore City Office), and Elville
and Associates. Sandra Harrison, Paralegal and coordinator of the Holiday Giving Program shared, “Each year, people become so excited about helping families who are facing challenges; it gives them joy [to help].”

Boxes full of gifts for children in need

Yellow Post-it notes help to keep the gifts organized for each child on the Holiday Giving list.


Coats and Clinics

In addition to the Holiday Giving Program, Maryland Legal Aid partnered with Clothes4Souls, an international charitable organization dedicated to fighting poverty, to distribute new Macy’s coats to children and adults in need. The coats were donated by Macy’s through its
“Buy 1 & We’ll Give 1” campaign to Clothes4Souls.

Maryland Legal Aid and community partners including St. Peter Claver Catholic Church,
Enoch Pratt Free Library-Waverly Branch, No Boundaries Coalition, Baltimore Police Department-Western District, and Children in Need, Inc., hosted three separate Coats and Clinics events in Baltimore City (Dec. 13 & 21) and Hagerstown (Dec. 19). Children and adults tried on and took home new coats while financially eligible adults received free civil legal advice and criminal record expungements.

Siblings sporting their new coats in Hagerstown.

A young girl and her grandmother received new coats in Baltimore City during the Dec. 13th event at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.

Kara Yendell, Director of Administrative Services (standing left) and Administrative Assistant
Kamila Scott (sitting) welcome attendees to the event on Dec. 13.

Volunteer Kristen Topel
(Health Leads), Staff Attorney Dan Rosenberg, Executive Administrative Assistant/Purchasing
Coordinator Brandi Coles, Staff Attorney Ashley Phillips, Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono
Amy Petkovsek, Executive Assistant Yvonne Mathews, Development Associate Kaitlyn Wernsing, Grants
Compliance Specialist Michelle Medlock, and IT Network Specialist Jayne Hansen volunteered at the
Dec. 21st event at the Waverly branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore City.

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh and her staff made an appearance during the Dec. 21st event.

Maryland Legal Aid attorneys and paralegals assist clients at the Dec. 13th event in Baltimore City.

Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono, Amy Petkovsek; Staff Attorneys Dan
Rosenberg and Zenia Wilson; Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh; Paralegal Tonia
Peters and Staff Attorney Ashley Phillips at the Waverly Library Coats and Clinics event
on Dec. 21.