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By: Humans of Calvert County, Sarah Merranko & Anita Santoyo

“I reached out to Calvert United Way, probably roughly 5 or 6 years ago to find another way to give back in my community. United Way put me in touch with Jack and Patrice who head-up this program, the Christmas Tree of Angels.

This year we will be providing Christmas to over 600 children from more than 300 Calvert County Families that are going through difficult times.

It is unreal the number of families that are in need of support in our county, whether it’s medical, or food, or housing. You see so many wealthy people and average people in Calvert, but we have plenty of people that don’t have the help they need. It’s overwhelming at times, but it still moves when you see all the volunteers that want to help. I just want to make a difference in someone’s life, and I know with this event, you’re making a difference in over 300 hundred families’ lives and their children.

The best part for me is when you deliver the bag to the car their faces tell you just how grateful they are. The kids usually have no idea what it’s going on, but their smile is what keeps me coming back year-after-year.

This event always gets me in the Christmas spirit, and reminds me of what is important.”


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...