Christmas Donations Needed
What Santa Claus can't bring to needy handicapped children in Washington, the Christmas Store can. But donations are needed soon; Christmas is coming and the store opens for one day, Dec. 21.
For 13 years, the store has provided gifts for underprivileged handicapped children, who are given $10 in play money to buy a gift.
The Information Center for Handicapped Individuals operates the store for children referred by schools and service organizations. Executive Director Yetta Galiber expects 11,000 shoppers this year.
Galiber started the store in 1971, after hearing from many parents whose handicapped children were excluded from holiday activities. Though they shop with play money, Galiber said, "The kids think it is real money, and it is real money if it gets them what they want."
Toys, gifts or money for purchases are still needed, as are volunteers to work in the store. The center is at 605 G St. NW. For more information, call 347-4986. Poster Contest Winner Named
Shantice Moore considers shoplifting "a tragic game to play." Her game-board design depicting the pitfalls of crime won the Greater Washington Board of Trade's Anti-Shoplifting Poster Contest.
Prosecution, loss of friends, and family disappointment are among consequences shown on the board, which will hang in area shopping centers in December and January.
Moore's poster won $100 for her and for her school, Neval Thomas, in Northeast, where she is a sixth-grader. Principal Sehon Grigsby accepted the check at a ceremony at Prince George's Plaza Dec. 10. 300,000 Cans Collected
Temporaries Inc., and the Connecticut Connection collected 300,000 cans of food for the Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service during its Food for Christmas drives.
Canned food and cash were donated to the service's director, Concha Johnson. The organization distributes the food to 5,000 needy Washington senior citizens.