Tomorrow is the last day to participate in Laurel's fourth annual Christmas drive to collect clothing, toys and nonperishable food for needy families in the Laurel area.

Area businesses and organizations have set up collection sites for the drive, which is sponsored by the city's police department and its Kids Against Crime organization. Distribution begins Dec. 19 and continues until all donations are gone.

"The way it looks now, we may have to go through Christmas Eve because I'm getting so many names and numbers of needy people," said Jim Collins, spokesman for the police department. "I even had a call from the attorney general's office in Baltimore with the name of a needy family in Jessup . . . this year, we've had more calls than we've ever had."

Donations may be made at the following sites: Amvets Thrift Store, 9880 Washington Blvd.; Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce of Laurel, 14504 Greenview Dr., Suite 204; Dial-A-Pizza, 10119 Washington Blvd.; Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 901 Montgomery St.; Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, 14910 Bowie Rd.; Laurel Leader, 615 Main St.; Laurel Lakes Liquors, 14132 Baltimore Blvd.; Laurel Lakes Centre, 14390 Baltimore Blvd.; Laurel Sand and Gravel Co., 5601 Van Dusen Rd.; Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage; Oliver's Saloon, 531 Main St., and Laurel City Police Department, 350 Municipal Square.

To recommend needy families or for more information, call Jim Collins at 498-0092.


The Landover Hills Recreation Council will hold a children's Christmas party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Town Hall, 6904 Taylor St.

The afternoon's activities include a Christmas movie and free photographs with Santa Claus. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 773-6401.CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON

The City of New Carrollton will hold its 31st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday in front of the Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Pkwy.

Residents will be entertained by a group of carolers, and Santa Claus will have treats for tots. For more information, call 459-6100.CITY OF TAKOMA PARK

The Takoma Park Municipal Band will perform a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the city municipal building, 7500 Maple Ave.

The concert is sponsored by the city's recreation department. For more information, call 270-4048 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.