Holiday Hustle

Holiday Hustle

It is a busy time of year for everyone. You may be trying to find time to buy gifts for others or prepping the house for company. Maybe you are overloaded at work or trying to make ends meet. Perhaps you are missing a lost loved one or struggling in other ways. It is easy to focus on the negatives of the holidays, but in order to find some sense of joy (even a little bit!), we need to find the positives out there.

Every year, Rage Against Addiction launches its Christmas Kids Program, which is near and dear to our hearts. It is specifically designed for local children who have been directly impacted by addiction in one of the following ways:

  • The child is / children are living with a caregiver due to substance abuse-related challenges.
  • One or both parents are currently incarcerated.
  • One or both parents have passed away from substance abuse within the last 18 months.
  • One or both parents are currently receiving or have recently received substance abuse-related treatment in a rehabilitation facility or sober living house.

We see many sides of addiction and we know it tears families apart. But we also know that a little holiday cheer can make these children feel supported. From the generosity of your donations, we were able to provide them with a few items that they want, need, wear, and read. This year, we were able to help over a dozen children, ranging in age from four to fourteen, from various families.

We cannot stress enough the importance of community. It takes a village to help others. For families of those in active addiction, we understand the worry and the fear you have. For those who have lost a loved one, we feel the sadness with you. For those who are in recovery, we celebrate and we hope with you. When we look back throughout the year as the new one is fast approaching, we are reminded how lucky we are to have such caring and involved supporters. Addiction is everywhere. It often hides deep within the darkness of the world, but if we bring a light to it, we can fight it together. We appreciate our donors, volunteers, followers, and families. You make this all possible for us.

What else has Rage been up to?

The fundraiser at Das Bierhalle in Bel Air, Maryland at the end of November was a big success. Several people donated money, new toys, and even Target gift cards. All of these items benefited our Christmas Kids Program.

A couple of Rage team members and many people in recovery participated in the Bel Air, Maryland Christmas parade on December 3rd. We marched for recovery while holding signs of hope as several hundred people lined the streets to watch us go by. The morning started off as dreary and rainy, and we did not expect the parade to go on, but the rain stopped just in time for the parade to start. It was certainly a fun-filled afternoon spreading holiday cheer!


Read Executive Director Wendy Beck Messner's Note

Season’s greetings from Rage!  We are all aware that the holidays can be joyful and difficult. My own personal experience is a testament of how addiction created tragedy in the midst of celebrating. We worry while trying to maintain some sort of normalcy for the others in our life.  When addiction strikes those closest to us, we struggle and suffer too. How to navigate this hard season isn’t easy.  My best advice is to take it one day at a time and take care of yourself.  Your emotions and your to-do lists are going to compete for your attention. Worry or grief will take center stage but for those of us who are caretakers, we must stay present. “How?” you ask.  Here are a few suggestions that have helped me and still do: Focus on quality time with those who bring you peace; choose not to feel guilty if you are having a hard moment; and most importantly, it’s ok to say no to people, places, and things that will weigh too heavily on you. Finding joy in the pain will feel impossible. Trust me I know. I am sending out hugs and holiday wishes to all.  Remember that you are not alone.

Please check our Event Calendar for more details about what we are up to!

January 30, 2024: Meet some of our team at the Fallston Barrel House (2403 Bel Air Road – Fallston, MD, 20147) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm as we have a fun evening of painting and chatting. Registration details will be released soon so stay tuned!

April 11, 2024: Pick up your RaceKit for our 2024 Memory Walk / Recovery Run. Weichert Realtors (414 South Main Street – Bel Air, MD 21014) is kindly offering their space to us from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Racekits are available for those who sign up by April 10th.

April 13, 2024: Join us for our 2024 Memory Walk / Recovery Run at Cedar Lane Regional Park (1100 Cedar Lane – Bel Air, MD 21015). Gates open at 8:00am and the race kicks off at 9:00am. We will celebrate TEN years of community service in 2024 so check out our special pricing for participants 18 and under. We will remember. We will honor. We will support. We will celebrate. Please register here: 2024 Memory Walk / Recovery Run.

  • If you are a local business that would like to be a unique part of this event, please considering sponsoring us. Details can be found here. Every dollar counts. Every life matters.
  • We are looking for like-minded organizations to become a resource vendor at our event. If you are in the field of mental health and/or addiction recovery/treatment, please join us. You must register as a runner/walker for the event, and bring your own table, chair, and tent. Sign up here.



We serve locally but think globally. For counseling, or for addiction, substance abuse disorder, or mental illness treatment, please contact your area’s health department, county government, hospital, or law enforcement agency.

Addiction Connections Resource: A non-profit organization that assists with providing resources and support for addiction treatment and that educates the community about substance abuse disorder. Located in Fallston, MD. Please visit here or call 443-417-7810 for more information.

Ashley Addiction Treatment: An inpatient treatment center that personalizes clinical programs based on individual need. Located in Havre De Grace, MD. Please visit here or call 800-799-4673 for information about online and in-person meeting services.

Celebrate Recovery: A local support group for those with addictive behaviors. Located in Bel Air, MD and Joppa, MD.​

Mt. Zion Church (1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015): every Thursday at 5:45pm. Please visit here for more information about meetings.

Mountain Christian Church (New Life Center 1802 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21085): every Friday at 6:00pm. Please visit here for more details.

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing): A local support group for those who have lost someone to addiction.

6:30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Located in the Education Building at Mt. Zion Church: 1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

Contact for more information. The private national Facebook group is available. Please visit here to ask to join.

The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center: A clinic that provides immediate care for mental health and addiction. Located in Bel Air, MD. Please visit here or call 410-874-0711 for information about services.

Loving An Addict: A local support group for family and friends of those in active addiction.

6:30pm every Tuesday.

Located in the Education Building at Mt. Zion Church: 1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

Contact for more information.

Voices Of Hope: An organization made up of people in recovery who advocate for behavioral health disorder prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resources, who eliminate the stigma of addiction through outreach events and education, and who support all pathways of recovery including harm reduction and Narcan training. Located in Cecil County, MD. Please visit here or call 443-933-7055 for information about services.

Daughter’s House: Designed to assist women who are transitioning from substance abuse treatment to recovery; includes three sober living houses (Daughter’s House, Sister House, and The Cottage) located in the suburbs of Harford County, MD. Click here to visit the Facebook page.

RAA ABC (After Baby Care): Provides post-partum care packages to new mothers in early recovery. Check out our program Gift List here.

Rage Club: This program is a resource broker for families and children who have been touched by the devastation of addiction; we encourage open and ongoing conversations as we believe that is the first step in the healing process.

HALO (How to Live Without Our Addicted Loved One): An online grief support group specifically for those that lost loved ones to substance abuse. Click here to ask to join the private Facebook page. *Please read and answer the membership questions prior to joining.*

Wendy Beck: Founder and Executive Director

Rachel Bongiorno: Recovery Coach and Daughter’s House Program Director

Mia Ellis: Administrator, Newsletter Editor, and Secretary

Amanda Buddenbohn: President

Tara Kuzma: Treasurer

Abby Doge: Peer Support

Rich Bennett: Board Member

Meredith Morris: Board Member