Contributions from more than 190 individuals and community organization generated $70,000 worth of food, cash, toys and gift cards for the 2018 Rockville Holiday Drive.

Those generous donations — and hard work of volun­teers — allowed Rockville to:

  • Distribute Thanksgiving food baskets and grocery store gift cards to more than 500 Rockville households.
  • Treat more than 100 Rockville seniors to a Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Provide 309 teens with a gift card to a local retailer.
  • Give 287 seniors and households without children a gift card to a local grocery store.
  • Operate the city’s annual toy shop, providing over 1,800 toys, books and games to more than 450 children un­der age 12.
  • Match 55 Rockville families — a total of 238 individu­als — with sponsors who provided gifts, tailored to each family’s specific needs, through the family sponsor­ship program.

Forty-five donors and part­ners were awarded certificates by the Mayor and Council, at their Jan. 28 meeting, for help­ing the 2018 Holiday Drive.

Nine organizations were recognized with plaques as distinguished donors: Bar-T, Emmes, Family Healthcare, White Flint Children’s House, Faith United Methodist Church, Institutional Shareholder Services, Sanberger Inc., Shulman Rogers, and Westat.

Partner organizations that received plaques were: Montrose Baptist Church, Richard Montgomery High School, Robert Frost Middle School, Rockville High School, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and St. Mary’s School.