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Santa’s Workshop at Oak Crest Comes Through Again!

November 20, 2018

Parkville, Maryland--Seventy residents of Oak Crest filled 400 stockings with toys, games, school supplies and clothing items for the benefit of Baltimore-area families…in just 35 minutes!  

The event took place on November 20, marking the 23rd year in which residents transformed the Erickson Living retirement community into Santa's workshop to support the Salvation Army of Central Maryland.  The stockings will be distributed by the Salvation Army at its Angel Tree Distribution Center in Baltimore next month.  

Ann France, an Executive Board Member of the Baltimore Area Command Women's Auxiliary, leads the project.  "The Salvation Army does so much good in the Baltimore area," described Ms. France, a resident of Oak Crest.  "Many fellow residents tell me the stocking stuffing project has become their unofficial start to the Christmas season.  We couldn't do it without their generosity and time as well as the coordination of the Oak Crest Resident Life Department and others who help us with logistics."

More than $4,300 was raised for the project.  The Dollar Tree store located in the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center provided invaluable support in boxing and delivering the toys to Oak Crest.

More information about supporting the mission of the Salvation Army of Central Maryland can be found at

About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 87-acre campus in Parkville, Maryland. The community is located in Baltimore County and is home to more than 2,100 residents. Additional information about Oak Crest can be found at