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    LINK Receives Food Donations During Summer Season
    photoLINK provides hundreds of families with various kinds of support during a typical calendar year. Supplying emergency nonperishable food to local people in need is the main ministry of LINK. LINK delivers food to the homes of approximately 90 families (about 350 people) per month in the Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn communities, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. In 2010, LINK volunteers made 873 direct deliveries, providing food for 3,889 people. $17,880.00 in grocery gift certificates was also included with these deliveries. Photo courtesy/ LINK.

    Some Children have less to eat during summer months

    LINK, an all volunteer organization, has been serving the Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn community since 1972. We are a group of churches of various backgrounds who find common ground in Matthew 25:35 – “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” If you have food in your stomach, somehow the pains and uncertainty in life can be managed.

    Summer is typically a time where families have an increased need for food because children are home from school and there are no more subsidized lunches. It is also a time where we usually see a decrease in food donations because donors are on vacation. However, we have been blessed to receive several significant donations from area businesses, schools and individuals.

    Morningside House of Leesburg donated $400 to LINK to use for general food needs. Morningside is committed to achieving results in their local communities by supporting good causes and bridging generations together. This year, they expanded their community service efforts by giving back to the community through their 2009 C.A.R.E. Project by donating resources or volunteering time and LINK was one of the organizations they chose to receive financial resources.

    AMJ Financial located in Ashburn publicized a “Bring a Bag of food for LINK” at its annual client appreciation day in June.

    Sterling Middle School, Westfield High School, and Oakton High School Band donated non-perishable food items to LINK in June.

    Two girls chose to make donating food for LINK part of their birthday party celebrations.

    Gustavo Ardila delivered LINK over 3,100 pounds of food that he collected for his Eagle Scout Service Project. Gustavo is 17 and a rising senior at Potomac Falls High School. He belongs to Troop 956 Goose Creek District and attends Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. Gustavo organized June food drives at Our Lady of Hope as well as the Safeway in Countryside. He also held a carwash at Express Lube in Countryside to raise funds that he used to purchase additional food items.

    LINK would like to encourage more individuals and businesses to promote the “Bring a Bag of Food for LINK” at events. The small donations we receive combine to keep our pantry shelves food so that we can serve over 350 individuals each month. LINK is also seeking individuals or businesses to volunteer to help deliver the food to families in need. We deliver food Tuesdays through Saturdays 52 weeks a year. Weekday deliveries are typically made after 6 pm and Saturday deliveries are made between 1 – 4 pm.

    photoGustavo Ardila collected over 3,100 pounds of non-perhable food during June and in support of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Gustavo, a member of Troop 956 and Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, organized food drives at Our Lady of Hope as well as the Safeway in Countryside. He also held a carwash at Express Lube in Countryside to raise funds to purchase additional food items. Photo courtesy/ Ardila Family.

    Our motivations are rooted in spirit, mercy and responsibility to others. LINK is a powerful opportunity to serve God, model Jesus' teaching and to provide an example to others that they can participate too! Through our hard work and commitment LINK members donate thousands of volunteer hours each year in supporting needy people. LINK volunteers supply an added measure of determination, skill and teamwork and provide enhanced community awareness to those local people living in their time of greatest need. LINK strongly believes that assisting those less fortunate with their most basic needs fosters hope and good will among our diverse and fast growing community. Unconditional love that flows freely is the simplest and purest of all acts.

    Carol Sinclair reminds us that Delegate Tom Rust has a LINK donation box at his Herndon Office for food donations year round. Delegate Rust's Office is located in Herndon Town Hall, 2nd floor, and the front door should be open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

    LINK President Lisa Lombardozzi reminds everybody that the dates for the 2011 Holiday Food Basket Program are Saturday November 19 and December 17. Mark your calendars for these very empowering, emotional and gratifying Thanksgiving and Christmas event experiences.

    If you are interested in more information regarding volunteering or would like to speak to someone about promoting food donations for LINK, please call Lisa Lombardozzi at 703-973-4444 or email – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit our website at

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