As its service project for the second session of the school year, the Mid-Shore Homeschool Cooperative collected and donated several bins full of books, toys, games and art supplies for children staying at Talbot Interfaith Shelter, the county’s first emergency cold weather shelter.
Becky Bishoff, service project coordinator, for the Cooperative, said she learned about TIS through Easton Church of the Brethren, where the Cooperatives’s 25 families and 60 children meet for classes each Friday.
“It was meaningful for the kids to donate their own toys and books to support other children in their community who could use their help. As a group we wanted to be involved in our community in a tangible way,” Bishoff said.
She asked pre-kindergarten through third grade students to each contribute a book, toy, game or movie, and fourth graders through high schoolers to donate new school or art supplies.
Other families in the Cooperative donated diapers and wipes, and Bishoff solicited donations from the community, including a case of cereal from Railway Market, a case of disposable gloves from Talbot Emergency Services and about $100 worth of supplies, including an alarm clock and prepaid cell phone, from Many Paths of Natural Learning, a local umbrella group serving area home schooling families.
Additionally, for the third session of the school year, the students at the Cooperative are providing bag lunches and dinners to guest at TIS, with the middle school cooking class making the dinner entrée.
For more information or to volunteer with TIS, call Evelyn Sedlack at 410-822-0605 or Lisa Menditch at 410-745-6563, or visit www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org. Donations may be made online at www.creatinglegacies.org. Checks should be made out to Foundation for Community Partnerships, with Talbot Interfaith Shelter on the memo line. They may be sent to: TIS, P.O. Box 2004, Easton, MD, 21601.