December 2021

UMB to Open Annual Christmas Store with Foundry Church

December 8, 2021    |  

Contact: Jena Frick

Ph: 443.388.0691 (mobile)


UMB & Foundry Church to Open Annual Christmas Store Stocked with Deeply Discounted Toys for West Baltimore Neighbors

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is Partnering with Foundry Church to Open Annual Christmas Store at Community Engagement Center; Seeking Toy Donations via Registry

INFO:  The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Community Engagement Center is partnering with Foundry Church to open its annual Christmas store for their West Baltimore neighbors on Dec. 10 and 11.

(View a video of the 2020 Christmas Store here.)

The annual store makes parents the “heroes of Christmas” by providing an opportunity for them to purchase brand new toys and other holiday presents for their loved ones at a deeply discounted price. Most presents are priced between $1 and $5, a major discount from the retail price. To keep the store COVID-safe, West Baltimore neighbors are asked to reserve a time slot to limit the number of shoppers in the store at one time.

UMB and Foundry Church are now accepting donations to stock the store via online gift registry. Volunteers from both organizations will be on site to stock the store and assist shoppers.

For information on how donate toys or volunteer at the store visit:

Donation boxes are also be located around UMB’s campus in the Campus Center, the School of Medicine building, the Lexington building, and the Saratoga building.

WHEN: Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: The University of Maryland Community Engagement Center

16 S. Poppleton St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

 (View a photo gallery from the 2020 Christmas Store below.)

About the University of Maryland, Baltimore

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was founded in 1807 as the Maryland College of Medicine, which now stands as the nation’s oldest public medical school. In response to growing social and cultural needs, UMB’s mission has evolved and grown tremendously. Widely recognized as a preeminent institution, UMB serves as the academic health, law, and social work university of the University System of Maryland and is guided by a mission of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service.

UMB is a thriving academic health center combining cutting-edge biomedical research, exceptional patient care, and nationally ranked academic programs. With extramural funding totaling $682 million in Fiscal Year 2021, each tenured/tenure-track faculty member generates an average of $1.5 million in research grants each year. The 3,123 faculty members conduct leading-edge research and develop solutions and technologies that impact human health locally and around the world. World-class facilities and cores, as well as interprofessional centers and institutes, allow faculty to investigate pressing questions in a highly collaborative fashion. As a result, the more than 7,200 students, postdocs, and trainees directly benefit from working and learning alongside leading experts as they push the boundaries of their fields. For a listing of the organized research centers and institutes, visit: research-profile/research-centers-and-institutions/