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      'A Wider Circle' hopes to round up community support for the holidays

      With Thanksgiving just a week away, some Montgomery County residents may be celebrating the occasion with a lot less. But one local non-profit is trying to get support from businesses and other organizations to make sure everyone gets to celebrate the holidays.

      "A Wider Circle," is helping families out of poverty.

      "The economy takes a drastic turn, and you have to deal with it. Thank God for these people," said a Silver Spring resident picking up furniture from the non-profit.

      However, by next week there's a chance others in her community will not be able to fully enjoy the holiday.

      Mark Bergel, the founder and executive director of A Wider Circle, said, "Some families may not get the help in Silver Spring that they will get in Rockville or Gaithersburg."

      This is the second year the organization has partnered with Montgomery County for the Holiday Giving Project, serving as the coordinator for food and gift card donations from area businesses and faith-based groups. The distribution is organized based on zip codes.

      "The real angst, if you will, is will we cover all the zip codes?," Bergel continued.

      Right now, Wheaton, Silver Spring and Aspen Hill could still use support from sponsors. The organization hopes awareness will be key in helping their cause.

      The spirit of giving doesn't end after the holidays. "A Wider Circle" helps those in need all year long, furnishing homes throughout the region.

      "People are always looking to do charitable deeds over the holidays; I'd like to capture that but extend that beyond the holidays," Bergel said.

      For more information on "A Wider Circle," click here.