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Sterling Blog: Helping others for the holidays

The holidays can be a time of fun and excitement…and gifts. But for many families, it’s a time of stress and wondering how to make ends meet or put a few presents under a tree. Here are some ways you can help.

This Friday, Dec. 8, local Girl Scouts will be out at Joe’s Pizza, in the Sterling Plaza Shopping Center as part of a “Sing for Their Supper” event. The girls will not only be singing your favorite Christmas carols, but they’ll also be collecting nonperishable food items to be delivered to those in need through Loudoun Hunger Relief. Just drop by between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to hear the songs and drop off food items. If you run in and get some of the best pizza around, I wouldn’t blame you a bit.

One of our local charities, Women Giving Back, could use your gently used clothing, especially for teens. This group, located in Sterling, provides clothing for women and children who are homeless and in crisis. At their location, these families can shop for clothing for school and for interviews and the workplace to help them get back on their feet. This is a great excuse to clean out your closet. To arrange a drop off or to find out about volunteer opportunities, you can find Women Giving Back online at womengivingback.net.

Next Friday, Dec. 15, our neighborhood brewery, Crooked Run, at 22455 Davis Drive, Suite 120, will be hosting a Toys for Tots drive sponsored by the Sterling Foundation. Just bring a new unwrapped toy, which will be given to a child who might not receive anything else this Christmas, to the brewery between 7-9 p.m. To find out what’s on tap, visit them online at http://www.crookedrunbrewing.com/sterling. Stick around for a tasty beverage and some amazing tacos, courtesy of Senor Ramon’s, and to learn more about the Sterling Foundation. This amazing group is how we get things done around our community. From cleaning up Sterling Boulevard to putting on Sterling Fest, the Sterling Foundation (http://www.sterlingfoundation.org/join/) is the force behind it all. Membership for a family is just $20 per year (far less than any HOA dues) and helps them keep our neighborhoods beautiful. Have a toy, but can’t make it out to the event? You can drop toys off at the brewery any time or at the Sterling Community Center, Sterling Library, or Claude Moore Park before Dec. 16.

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