Monthly Archives: December 2013

Thank You Secret Santas

DSC05815Thank you to everyone who donated to our Secret Santa program. Our holiday parties are this week. We will be sure to share pictures. No doubt the folks we serve will be thrilled year with the party and the gifts they will receive.

We had roughly 90 people who donated to the program. We raised just under $9,000. That does not include the many, many, many gifts people bought straight off our clients’ wish list.

We had one gentleman who came in one day and handed our receptionist $300 in cash. When she asked him who he was so we could properly thank him, he simply replied that he was “a servant of Jesus,” and then left the building. We had other people who came in and told us personal stories of what led them to participate in our program. Some of their stories were truly moving. We had one donor who lost a loved one last year, and simply wanted to do something uplifting for the holiday. We could not help but be moved by her story.

We truly live in a wonderful, caring community. We are indeed fortunate. Thank you to everyone who helped bring joy to the people we serve. We are humbled by your willingness to treat our folks like family.

We would like to thank the following individuals here. We also will be updating this list in case we’ve missed anyone. Happy Holidays to you all from our family here at The Arc Carroll County.

William & Dorothy Achor
Mark and Kari Anderson
Westminster MD 463 Chapter of the Star Touring & Riding Association
Earl & Brenda Baker
Caroline & Don Bellusci
Lisa Berman
Allison Blessing
Gilbert and Danna Blum
Barry Brown
Wayne Campbell
William & Carolyn Cheezum, Sr.
Tim and Darla Copenhaver
Kimberly & Randall Corbel
Gary and Dale Davis
Kate Demarest
Agnes L. Dixon
Robert and Nina Dustin
Kirk and Heidi Dutterer
Eline Funeral Home
Mar-Len Environmental Inc.
Judith Fajardo
William and Louise Fisher
Leslie Gassner
Gregory and Catherine Gilleland
Laura Glick
David and Paula Goodwin
Elizabeth Hansen
Charles and Nancy Herboldsheimer
Kimberly “Ben” Horton
Norman & Jacquelyn Hulla
Kim Jillson
Erika Jones
Paul and Clare Kazyak
Leslie & Leon Kelly
Stephen Kelly
Michael and Amy Knight
MHC Appraisals LLC
Amy Landry
Cynthia Lawyer
Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club
Pat and Wayne Long
Edward and Carol Ludtke
Anne McKinnon
Carol Jean Miller
Gary Miller
M.S. Moeller Cabinetry & Millwork
Nancy Moran
Jason Murphy
James R. Myers DDS
Larry & Carol Myers
Donald and Karen Nott
Barbara Parsons
Amanda Peacock
Brian Peacock
Michael Piechocki
Iona Pitts
Joseph & Cindy Plantholt
Michelle Pollhein
Raymond and Becky Price
Sharon Rainey
Constance Richman
John Riley
Todd Riley
Allen Rill
Genice Rill
Kimberly Rugguri
The Rupperts
Dr. Celeste Dawn Saxton
Clark and Stacy Shaffer
Leslie Siphers
James E. Stuller
Janet Thomas
Randy and Pat Thompson
Suzanne Topper
Hubert Tromble
Christine Venanzi
W&W Tire and Auto
Sandra Walker
Mary Frances Wampler
Ward-Boland Associates, Inc.
Westminster Car Care
Marjorie Wike
Marjorie Williamson
Nancy Wolfinger
Dean & Susan Young
Mary Zaepfel


Happy Holidays From The Arc Carroll County

We here at The Arc love the holidays. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday full of joy and peace!

Arc Secret Santa Program Success

Community Volunteers and Arc Carroll County Staff help wrap gifts for our upcoming holiday parties.

Community Volunteers and Arc Carroll County Staff help wrap gifts for our upcoming holiday parties.

The Arc Carroll County receives huge gift funding
By Timothy Sandoval Times Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:15 am

Volunteers for The Arc Carroll County were very busy Tuesday night at what they called their “gift wrapping party” for items that will be distributed to clients who attend their two holiday parties later this week.

The reason they were so busy was that they had many more presents to wrap than they were expecting this year — largely due to a flood of donations and gifts that have been received by the Arc since roughly a month ago. The Arc, which has its headquarters on Kriders Church Road in Westminster, is a nonprofit that offers a wide range of services to nearly 700 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Employees with the Arc had a donation goal of $3,500 to pay for gifts to be distributed at the two parties. As of Tuesday night, the Arc had received $8,863 — more than double the goal.

That is not to mention gifts like sweaters, sports jerseys, DVDs, books and various items that have been donated to the Arc that were based directly off of the wish lists of clients who will attend the two holiday parties Thursday and Friday.

Although she was unsure of the exact amount, Sharon Smith, director of development for the Arc, said about 170 adult clients will receive gifts at the two parties. She said the Arc was able to spend more than the $20-per-client limit they had originally planned to spend.

“We really had an overwhelming response,” Smith said, who noted the Arc would likely use any left over funds for next year’s holiday parties.

Lisa Thompson, health services coordinator for the Arc, said she and others who assisted her spent roughly 10 hours over the past few weeks purchasing an estimated 150 gifts. Thompson tagged most of the gifts with the names of their recipients for the wrapping party.

Many volunteers — some of whom were employees of the Arc and others who were not — came to Thompson Tuesday to ask about who was receiving what gifts. Off the top her head, Thompson knew almost all of the answers.

“She has the best memory,” one of Thompson’s fellow volunteers said.

Colleen Stever, a processor for Financial Security Consultants Inc., said she purchased about $50 worth of gifts for clients. Others who work for her company, which is based in Lutherville, bought many gifts directly off of client’s wish lists as well, she said.

Stever said she was glad to help wrap gifts Tuesday.

“If I am going to contribute, I am going to do it all the way to the end,” Stever said, as she took a break from wrapping an acoustic guitar someone purchased as a gift for a client.

Stever’s colleague, Rachael Clayton, processing manger for the company, also came out to help wrap gifts. She said she spent about $150 on bongos, CD’s, sweaters and other gifts for clients.

“We wanted to see what we were contributing to,” she said as she wrapped gifts Tuesday.

Amanda Peacock, a day program coordinator for the Arc, said she was excited to attend her first holiday parties this year. Peacock, who recently started working for the Arc, said she was excited to see the clients’ faces as they unwrap their presents at the parties.

“I just wanted to give back to them,” she said, as she wrapped two DVD sets and a gift card.

Quick Healthy Bites


We here at The Arc Carroll County are doing our best to stay healthy and fit. As part of our maintain don’t gain campaign, our staff decided to share their favorite healthy recipes. Enjoy!

Turkey Meatballs in Chili Sauce
Submitted by Karen Brentlinger

Turkey Meatballs:
• 1 lb skinless white, ground turkey meat
• 2 slices white bread, diced
• ½ cup dry bread crumbs
• ¼ cup Romano Cheese
• 2 egg whites
• ½ celery rib, finely chopped
• 1 very small onion, chopped
• ½ tsp oregano
• ½ tsp basil

Mix all ingredients well in food processor or by hand. Shape into small balls. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 24 meatballs.

Chili Sauce:
• 4 quarts tomatoes (24 large)
• 2 cups onion
• 1 hot red pepper
• 1 cup sugar
• 3 Tblsp Salt
• 3 Tblsp mixed pickling spice
• 1 Tblsp Celerey Seed
• 1 Tblsp Mustard Seed
• 2 ½ Cup Vinegar

Combine Tomatoes, Onion, Pepper, Sugar and Salt. Cook gently for 45 minutes. Tie spices in cheese cloth bag and add to tomatoes mixture. Cook until very thick (about 45 minutes). As it thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Add vinegar and cook slowly until as this as desired. Remove tied spices. Pour over turkey meatballs.

Amy’s Vegetable White Chicken Chili
Submitted by Amy Dietrich

• 1 red bell pepper
• 2 stalks celery
• 3-4 carrots
• 1 med onion
• 2 boneless skinless chicken breast cut in bite size pieces
• McCormick’s White Chicken Chili Seasoning Packet
• 2-3 Tblsp Oil
• 1 cup of water
• 1-2 cans cannellini beans, undrained
• 1 can cream of chicken soup
Clean and cut vegetables into bite size pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté in large pan with 2 Tblsp Oil. Put in medium saucepan. Add additional oil as needed. Add sauce and chicken. Simmer until vegetables are tender, at least 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cauliflower Tots
Submitted by Mary Jo

Servings: 4 • Size: 8 tots
Calories: 148 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 397 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 47 mg

• 2 cups cooked cauliflower florets, finely chopped *see note
• 1 large egg
• 1 large egg white
• 1/2 cup onion, minced
• 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
• 1/2 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
• 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
• salt and pepper to taste
• cooking spray


* to cook the cauliflower florets, steam a little over 2 cups raw cauliflower florets in a little water covered for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender but not mushy, then drain well and dry on paper towel, then using a knife finely chop and set 2 cups aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste

Spoon 1 Tblsp of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden. Makes about 32-34 tots

Marinated Cucumbers
Submitted by Jeannine Thomas

• 2 or 3 medium cucumbers
• 8 oz Fat Free Italian Salad Dressing
• Salt and Pepper
Slice cucumbers very thin into bowl. Add 8ox salad dressing, salt and pepper. Marinate for at least 2 hours in refrigerator before serving. Use as a side dish or add to any green salad.
Serves 6-9.

Submitted by Maria Hawn

• 2 cans of diced petite tomatoes- drained
• 2/3 cup olive oil
• ¼ cup finely diced Vidalia onion
• 2 Tblsp basil
• 2 Tblsp oregano
• Salt and Pepper
• 3 tblsp grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Set in fridge overnight. Get out a half hour before serving. Stir well, add salt pepper, herbs and cheese to taste. Serve at room temperature with crackers, tortilla chips, or on top of sliced French bread.

An Appeal From Charlie

Every year The Arc Carroll County, like other nonprofits, mails out an annual appeal letter. In previous years, it has been a family member who has written the letter on behalf of our organization. This year, we asked Charlie Rachel, who attends our day program, to write the letter. Please follow the link below to Charlie’s letter. Charlie is a great writer and we are lucky to have him here at The Arc.