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    Good Shepherd Alliance 8th Walk for Shelter September 15
    photoThe 2010 GSA Walk for Shelter kicked-off at Douglass School Pavilion on East Market Street in Leesburg with 283 men, women, students and children participating. The 1.2 mile walk continued through downtown Leesburg. In 2012, special family activities following the walk include a moon bounce, face painting, balloon animals, barbecue and grilled hot dogs, cold drinks and other family activities. Photo courtesy/ Lindsey Bledsoe.
    "We love because He first loved us” - 1 John 4:19

    The Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) 8th Annual Walk for Shelter

    GSA has served the homeless and those living in poverty in Northern Virginia since 1983.

    A Family Event to Benefit Homeless Individuals & Families

    Common Ground Church (Leesburg) and Christ Community Church (Ashburn) collaborate to provide entertainment, children’s activities and great food.

    Saturday, September 15, 2012
    9 a.m. Sign-in
    10 a.m. Event begins

    Register online at!

    One Mile Walk through Historic Downtown Leesburg
    Beginning at Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia

    Special Family Activities to follow including Moon Bounces, Face Painting and Free Barbeque and Hot Dog Lunch.

    Registration begins at 9 am at the Douglas Community Center pavilion with the Walk to begin at 10 am. Lunch and activities commence at 11 am. Opportunities abound to bring your friends and family. Public School and Home School groups are invited. Churches, youth pastors, Sunday school classes, civic organizations, MOMS Clubs, etc. are all invited. Bring a group from your business, school, church or neighborhood. Wear your company or church T-shirt or bring a company or church banner. We want to show our community that we care and raise support for homeless programs and services in Loudoun County.

    We would like to ask you to consider sponsoring our Walk this year. Now is the time! Perhaps your support for the homeless and near-homeless in our community can come through a financial sponsorship, a booth at the event or through facilitating a group to walk with us. Call today for more sponsorship opportunities.

    The GSA prays that all our small steps taken today would lead to larger steps toward helping the homeless tomorrow. We believe that each walker might be a voice for those whose voices are rarely heard. Many grandparents, parents and children will walk with GSA board members and staff. Parents have previously said that the walk provided an educational experience raising awareness about homelessness. The youth especially gained appreciation for the many blessings provided by their own families.

    In 2011, GSA Board Member James Thrash provided the crowd with a pre-walk opening statement. James thanked the crowd for coming out and participating in the Walk. He acknowledged the importance of having everyone’s physical presence at the event. James explained how GSA has a passion for providing help and hope for the homeless and those in a time of greatest need. He believed that those walking with GSA shared that same passion.

    James cited Ezekiel 22 and told the story about the Lord speaking through Ezekiel to the leaders, prophets, priests and people of the land. And at the end of verse 29-30, the Lord says He sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the breach before Him on behalf of the land that He should not destroy it-but He did not find one! This scripture made James think about our situation here on Saturday, as GSA is seeking people around Loudoun County willing to help. As he gazed out at the crowd, James stated that it appeared there was more than one willing to build that wall together. He concluded by discussing the importance of community relationships and believed that those who participated are now part of the GSA family and asked everyone to stay connected to GSA.

    And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” - Luke 3:10-11

    Register online now at or contact GSA today for more information at 703-724-1555.

    God bless our great community!

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