Friday Focus: A Community That Shares (ACTS)

A Community That SharesSince the early 1990s, A Community That Shares (ACTS) has brought relief to those in need by providing free home convalescent equipment to residents of St. Mary’s County. Lending out much-needed items like wheel chairs, walkers and hospital beds for as long as each person requires, the all-volunteer organization has positively impacted the lives of thousands of elderly and ailing community members. We spoke to Chip Burton, a volunteer with the organization, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Christmas in April St. Mary’s County®

Christmas in April St. Mary's CountyChristmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled, so that they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. We caught up with Howard Thompson, the President of Christmas in April St. Mary’s County. Inc for this week’s Friday Focus, where he shared his organization’s story. Continue reading

Last-minute gifts – There’s still time!

Last-minute holiday shoppingBlack Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have all come and gone. And your holiday shopping still isn’t finished? You’ve waited too long to rely on “overnight shipping,” and Amazon’s 30-minute drone delivery hasn’t “taken off” yet! Here are a few last-minute gift ideas to help ease the stress.

Think “homemade” and “handmade”
Check out Pinterest for the site’s featured pinners’ favorite recipes and hundreds of do-it-yourself and craft ideas. And the best part is, you don’t have to sign up to take advantage of these online pin boards — just click away. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Toys for Tots Calvert County

Calvert County Toys for TotsWith just a short time left until Christmas, Toys for Tots programs across the country are collecting donations and preparing to distribute gifts to thousands of families. Running entirely on volunteer support, the local organizations work tirelessly each year to bring the spirit of the holidays to families in need each year. We chatted with Krista Brezina, coordinator of the Toys for Tots campaign in Calvert County, for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Online shopping safetyIf the weather outside is frightful (or if you’re just looking to save some time), online shopping may be a good choice for your holiday purchases. The advantages to the online marketplace are many: no lines, no crowds, no multi-store trips to find that one specific toy. As you’re zooming from Amazon to Etsy and back again, here are some tips to make your holiday shopping as productive and safe as possible: Continue reading

Friday Focus: The Children’s Aid Society

Charles County Children's Aid SocietyFor the Charles County Children’s Aid Society, December marks the culmination of a large effort to make the holiday season brighter for needy children in the community. This week, Friday Focus caught up with the Society’s Janet Brett, who took time out of her busy schedule to share some information about her organization’s work, and how you can support their holiday toy drive, Christmas Connection. Continue reading

Identity theft – one of the fastest growing crimes, nationwide

ID Restoration from the Community Bank of the ChesapeakeIn 2012, identity theft affected the lives of 12.6 million consumers nationwide. What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s personal information such as name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, credit card number or other identifying information to take on that person’s identity in order to commit fraud or other crimes. In 12 percent of identity theft cases, the victim knew the perpetrator personally. Continue reading