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Air Force Captain Surprises Daughters after Returning from Afghanistan

Air Force Captain Surprises Daughters after Returning from Afghanistan

The follwing information was sent to us by Amanda Burns:

 

 

To kick off a year of bringing people together, today in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Kentucky Fried Chicken gave one military family an emotional and unexpected reunion, showing that home truly is where the heart is on Tuesday, January 10. The 17-year-old twin daughters of Capt. Cherissa Jackson arrived expecting to help KFC employees assemble gift packages, only to receive a surprise when their mom walked out of the kitchen. Jackson, an Air Force critical care nurse, was deployed to Afghanistan last June.

January is Open Enrollment For Child-Only Health Insurance Policies in Maryland

January is Open Enrollment For Child-Only Health Insurance Policies in Maryland

The following information was sent to us by Betsy Charlow:

 

Policies Available for Children 18 and Under With No Exclusions for Preexisting Conditions

January is open enrollment for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States individual health insurance policies for children.  During January, these two companies will offer policies for children age 18 and under with no exclusions for preexisting conditions.  This is an opportunity for those families that do not have access to family policies to find coverage for their children. 

Low-Income Montgomery County Family Receives Christmas Wish

Low-Income Montgomery County Family Receives Christmas Wish

 

Just in time for Christmas,  single low-income mother of two, Shanita Godfrey, was awarded a 2001 Toyota Camry by Vehicles For Change; a Maryland nonprofit who refurbishes donated cars and awards them to qualified low-income families at affordable prices.

“It means a lot. My kid’s love going different places but it just takes too much time and they are always exhausted by the time we get there. Now we can actually enjoy going out together. This is the best Christmas ever,” explained Shanita Godfrey.

Godfrey had a five-hour round-trip commute a day to her Gaithersburg job and children’s day care via public transportation. Now with her new car, her commute is cut in half.

Home for the Holidays- Tips on How to Recognize if Your Older Loved Ones Need Help

Home for the Holidays- Tips on How to Recognize if Your Older Loved Ones Need Help

The following information was sent to us by Carmen Artiga-Birdsall:

 

Home for the Holidays?

Use your visit to tell if a loved one needs help to stay at home safely.

One-Day Holiday Market Closes Out Olney Farmers Market’s Successful Season

One-Day Holiday Market Closes Out Olney Farmers Market’s Successful Season

 

The following information was sent to us by Amy K. Harbison:

 

The Olney Farmers and Artists Market opens for a one-day Holiday Market on Sunday, December 4 from 11 am to 3 pm.  The market will include celebrations of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas and will feature a visit from Santa and Christmas caroling. We’ll be collecting clothing for two important partner nonprofits, Our House and Aunt Hattie’s Place, so please bring your gently used or new clothes to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.

We’ll be ready for the cold weather! Sandy Spring Friends School has donated a school bus that will be used as a warming center and will feature musicians who will keep the spirit bright inside. There will also be fire pits and heaters to keep people warm outside as well.

A tale of Thanksgiving kindness in our Nation's Capital

A tale of Thanksgiving kindness in our Nation's Capital

 

In the midst of the holiday shopping onslaught, it's good to remember the true meaning of the season. A friend of mine, Terence Tomlin, a chef and one-time front man of the phenomenal funk band The Mighty Heard, posted a story on Facebook that brought a tear to my eye. I think Terry's story deserves a bigger audience, so here it is, in his own words:

 

"Last Tuesday on my way to work I saw a lady struggling with her three kids. Looking at them reminded me of June 1980 when my mother took me, my brother and sister out of a abusive household leaving Bridgeport for California.