Christmas Gifts Donated To Dozens Of Underprivileged Annapolis Kids


Eastport-based Seeds 4 Success is hosting its annual Seeds Santas event this Saturday. A previous Seeds Santas, which gives presents to kids from families with low incomes, is pictured above. (Courtesy of Seeds 4 Success)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Christmas is a time for giving, but tight finances can make it a stressful season.

An Annapolis nonprofit is teaming with local establishments to ensure children have presents this Christmas, regardless of their economic status. Eastport-based Seeds 4 Success coordinated the effort for dozens of kids from families with low incomes.

The toys will be distributed this Saturday at the 3rd Annual Seeds Santas event. The event will benefit over 75 children from 50 households in the City of Annapolis.

"Seeds 4 Success' is proud to partner with Annapolis community members and organizations to ensure that all children and families have the opportunity to have a joyous holiday no matter their economic status," Executive Director Jen Pastrone told Patch in an email. "We prioritize providing a safe space for our families and other community members residing in low-income households to enjoy the spirit of the season."

Located in the Eastport Shopping Center, Seeds 4 Success tutors children from underprivileged neighborhoods and teaches them social-emotional life skills. 

The nonprofit just celebrated its 15th anniversary after it delivered 1,253 hours of one-on-one mentorship in the last academic year.

Related: Nonprofit Celebrates 15 Years Of Mentoring Annapolis Students With Low Incomes

Seeds 4 Success also plans events for its members. 

Seeds Santas started in 2021, giving presents to 30 kids. Last year benefitted more than 50 children. This year will see even more.

A previous Seeds Santas event is shown here. (Courtesy of Seeds 4 Success)

Who Donated The Gifts

Pastrone said this weekend's attendees will get "free gifts off their holiday wish lists, photos with Santa, brand new winter coats, and gently used books for their home libraries."

Shore United Bank is donating presents for nearly half the participants.

McGarvey's will supply unwrapped gifts for children from households with low incomes who are not currently enrolled in Seeds 4 Success.

The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library is giving used books for home libraries during the holiday break.

The Rotary Club of Annapolis will gift a brand-new coat to every participant and their siblings.

    The Eastport Volunteer Fire Company is providing its hall for free, and dozens of Seeds 4 Success volunteers will staff the event. 

    Seeds Santas participants will get Christmas gifts, books and coats. A previous year's event is pictured above. (Courtesy of Seeds 4 Success)

    Resources At The Event

    "Visitors to the Seeds Santas event will also have access to critical resources," Pastrone said.

    The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council will share details about its free reading, math and English tutoring for adults.

    The City of Annapolis' No Harm initiative will have information on violence prevention.

    The Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center will explain how to peacefully handle problems.

    Lastly, the New Village Academy will update families on its free public charter high school set to open in Annapolis next fall. 

    Seeds 4 Success Executive Director Jen Pastrone, middle, encouraged Annapolis residents to donate more gifts at McGarvey's through Dec. 23. (Courtesy of Seeds 4 Success)

    How To Help

    Saturday's event is by invitation only, but Seeds 4 Success is always recruiting volunteers and donors.

    Anybody interested in being a mentor can email, call (410) 533-3847 or visit

    Donation information is posted at

    Seeds 4 Success is also partnering with McGarvey's to collect even more unwrapped presents after Seeds Santas. The gifts will go to kids from neighborhoods with low incomes.

    Anybody can drop off a gift at McGarvey's, located at 8 Market Space, through Dec. 23. The presents will be distributed on Dec. 24.

    To learn more about Seeds 4 Success, read Patch's full feature story about the group.

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