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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Collection for veterans and wounded warriors

The College Park Ward of the Church of the Latter-day Saints is sponsoring a community service open house to assist in putting together a collection of care packages for service personnel in local hospitals and Fisher Houses.  The church is located on Adelphi Road at East West Highway, and the event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. This is such a worthy cause.  

Our hats go off to Mac and Linda McGehee, who have been together for 53 years and have shared a passion for preparing care packages for wounded warriors. Their ambition is to bolster the morale of the troops in the trenches and in recuperation. Their enthusiasm is infectious, as they have recruited several sponsors to aid in the assembling of the 100 to 150 care packages they create and distribute each month.  Notwithstanding all the help that they receive, the McGehees expend substantial personal resources to assure that the packages reach their destinations. 

Honoring local proprietors

A beautiful luncheon was held on Saturday, March 30, at the Calvert House on Baltimore Avenue. The honored guests were Mr. and Mrs. Chin, who were the proprietors of the Professional Coffee Shop on Baltimore Avenue, until it recently closed. The Chin children and grandchildren were also present. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chin came to this country in 1991 from Seoul, South Korea, in search of the American dream. Their three children were in their teens and did not know a word of English. The children today have all graduated from college and are young professionals. The senior Chins ran their coffee shop with great efficiency, often working six days a week.

Most of the people at the luncheon had regularly eaten at the coffee shop through the years.

The couple left on Saturday, April 6, for a month’s visit with their families in Seoul. It was grand to see them looking so well since they retired, and we wish them good health and a safe and happy journey.

Firefighters fight childhood cancers

On Saturday, March 9, the members of the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, present and past, were joined by more than a dozen neighboring and home departments in responding to a call for help from children in need — raising more than $55,000 in the fight against childhood cancers. 

Taking a break from the usual running of calls, volunteer and career firefighters joined forces and shaved their heads as part of the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation charity drive. The department’s participation has grown annually, with events this year at Looney’s Pubs in College Park and Bel Air.         

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