Employees who work for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Financial Services Division decided nine years ago to stop giving gifts to each other during the holiday season and instead join as a group to give to those in need in the community. Their decision continues to blossom each December and has grown to include signing and distributing more than 300 holiday cards, many of which were hand-made, to the 284 veterans at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and the 16 nurses who staff the cancer unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
This year, the team’s gift recipients are women and children transitioning out of difficult domestic situations and living in protected women’s shelters in Southern Maryland. Among the items they donated to the Catholic Charities Shelter were 96 gifts including hats, scarfs, gloves, slippers, towels, soaps, wash cloths, pillows, comforters, sheet sets, blankets, toys, books and markers.
Each year, CSM’s Financial Services Division supports a different charity or non-profit. “This came about as a group decision to make a difference and give to those in need,” explained CSM Financial Services Vice President Tony Jernigan.