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Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Help for the Homeless

This holiday season, help the homeless!

Baltimore Cranksgiving– Cranksgiving is a national event that combines bike riding and giving back. This scavenger hunt / food drive, set for Saturday, November 18th, is hosted by Bikemore. They will send teams of riders across the city to collect food items to benefit Moveable Feast. Basically, it’s all about food for people in need and riding bikes with friends, new and old.

Registration begins at 12:30 pm at Peabody Heights Brewery (401 East 30th Street, Baltimore). The biking food scavenger hunt begins at 2 pm and ends at 4, back at the brewery. The event will be followed by awards and an after party. This is a rain-or-shine event.

The event is free, but organizers do ask that everyone brings $10 to $15 to help purchase food items on the list. How much you spend is up to you.

RSVP at Bit.ly/2zid91b so organizers can anticipate the number of riders. If you don’t have a team of three or four riders, they will help you match up with other riders the day of the event, or you can post on the Facebook event page to find other riders to team up with.

To sponsor the event with cash or prizes, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To volunteer or if you have questions, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Learn more about Moveable Feast at Mfeast.org.

4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless – B & Dee’s Baltimore Love will host their fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless on Saturday, November 18th at 2 pm until the food runs out. The event is sponsored by over 20 community partners and will be held at 420 Fallsway in Baltimore.

This is an all-ages event. Families are encouraged to participate. Last year a record number of over 1,000 people were fed.

They are accepting volunteers, supplies and food donations to support the event, including food, soft drinks, personal hygiene items, winter clothing, blankets and coats. More info at Bit.ly/2yCW5mU.

At the event, the second annual Holidays For the Homeless: A Winter Survival Drive, hosted by B & Dee’s Baltimore Love will launch and continue through February 9th. They will be joining up with case managers at Chase Brexton Health Care to host the Winter Survival Drive for the homeless.

Donations can be dropped off on November 18th at the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless. Donations can also be dropped off to Case Management, third floor, in care of Andy Zipay, at Chase Brexton (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore), Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm.

They will accept new or gently used blankets and coats for men, women, and children of all ages. They also need tents, sleeping bags, tarps, winter hats, gloves, socks, umbrellas, and hand and feet warmers. Due to space restrictions, they are unable to accept donations beyond these items.

Donations will be distributed during their monthly Lunch Patrol events. November 26th, December 31st, January 28th, and February 25th.

During the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless, #SurviveHunger will present their “Stylishly Vintage and the Fashionably Chic Tour Clothing Closet.”

Survive Hunger is an extended campaign that seeks to physically, emotionally and, spiritually nourish those that have suffered trauma due to severe life circumstances, such as homelessness, poverty, and battery. They understand the art of fashion and how it makes an individual feel better in the midst of financial circumstances. Their goal is to also help provide wardrobe needs that will help keep those in need warm during the winter.

Their desire is to create a shopping experience for the homeless without charging them anything. They are asking for your donations of lightly worn apparel for men, women, and kids. They are seeking tops, bottoms, coats, jackets, gloves, blankets, etc., to provide for those in their time of need.

For other drop-off locations contact Adrien Leach at 443-475-6811, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline for all drop offs is November 15th.

Oh Give Thanks – On Thursday, November 23rd from 1 to 5 p.m., Joy Baltimore will host their “Oh Give Thanks,” a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner, at the GLCCB (2530 North Charles Street, Baltimore).

Youth ages 13 to 24 of all genders and LGBTQ people and families of all ages who have experienced homelessness and don’t have a place to go are invited to join them. The event will include food, music, entertainment and fun. Free toiletries, coats, and haircuts will be provided.

They are currently seeking volunteers, donations, supplies, sponsors, a DJ and entertainers. To support the event, contact Lonnie Walker at 443-522-8553 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More info at Bit.ly/2iB7PM2.

Lunch Patrol: Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition – On Sunday November 26th at noon, B & Dee’s Baltimore Love will host their monthly Lunch Patrol, guest-hosted by Fourth Meal, at the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (620 Fallsway, Baltimore).

Lunch Patrol is an event in Baltimore held on the last Sunday of every month. Their goal is to provide brown bag lunches to those in need throughout Baltimore. For this event they will provide the best part of the Thanksgiving dinner… the leftovers! Save the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and even the sweet potato pie that grandma made, as they will be needed to serve lunch to those in need in Baltimore.

Volunteers and donations needed. More info at http://bit.ly/2hb4v9Q.

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