How to Give

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County has urged county residents to donate through experienced disaster relief, response and recovery organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Money is preferred to help avoid the labor and expense of packing, transporting and distributing goods.

The center recommends that donors get specific information about what is needed and not send unsolicited clothing, food and other goods. For more information, visit or call 410-715-3172.

The Maryland Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster at is among the places that can provide information. In addition, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism has a list of opportunities for volunteers and donations at

The Maryland Food Bank is collecting money and accepting nonperishable items, diapers and cleaning supplies. Deliver supplies to the Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd., Baltimore, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 410-737-8282 or visit

Hundreds of local organizations, congregations, schools and businesses have been raising money and collecting donations. Celebration Church, in partnership with the Women of the Church of God, will be accepting hygiene supplies, such as soap and toothpaste, baby items and art supplies for children. For more information and drop-off hours at the church, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia, call 410-997-2088 or visit