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Sterling Blog: When in Need

One of the true tests of a community is how it responds when one of its own is hurt or suffering. Time after time, the Sterling community has stepped up—whether to make sure a soccer team could get to the State finals or responding when a young girl was killed. Unfortunately, we have yet another opportunity to demonstrate our generosity and compassion.

On Sunday night, a home in Oak Grove caught fire. Thankfully no one was harmed, but it has left a large family without necessities, including diapers and other baby supplies. There is an entire list of needs. To find out how you can help, reach out to the Forest Grove Elementary, http://www.lcps.org/forestgrove. They are accepting donations in the office from 7 am until 4 pm. You can also find a list of needs for the family in the discussion on the Sterling Park Neighborhood Exchange, http://www.facebook.com/groups/SPARKNE.

As tragic as this fire was, it again highlights the expertise of our local fire fighters and their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way to save others. This then seems the perfect time to encourage your support of http://www.sterlingfire.org through donations or, even better, volunteering. The Sterling Volunteer Fire Department relies on community support to be there so that they can be there for us. These brave men and women go through hours of extensive training all in their free time because they want to help others. And it’s not just fire-fighting. Volunteers are needed for administration, fundraising, and so much more. There’s a volunteer information night the first Thursday of every month, with the next one being held on January 4, 7 p.m., at Fire Station 18, 46700 Middlefield Drive, in Sterling.

On Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m., St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 201 E. Frederick, will be hosting their live nativity celebration in front of the church. This annual event features a whole zoo of animals to meet as well as hot cocoa and candy canes to enjoy while you sing Christmas Carols. But this event is more than just warming your tummy, it’s also about warming your soul as attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for Backpack Buddies. This unique program distributes bags of food to kids at our local schools who receive free or reduced lunches. These bag include meals and snacks to help the child over the weekend. Hundreds of children are being fed through St. Matt’s efforts and you can help. You can get a list of needs and find out more about the living nativity event at http://stmtts.org/.

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