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LINK Seeks Donors, Volunteers for Food Distribution Events
photoMother and daughter volunteer and team up to assist needy families with selecting their allotment of groceries in a make-shift supermarket at Trinity Presbyterian Church. This year 760 local needy families will register for the LINK Thanksgiving food and used coat distribution on Saturday November 19. The big push now will be to obtain more food donations, winter coats and clothing and 1,000 volunteers. Volunteers would be helping sort food, assist LINK guests, restock tables, and deliver groceries to homebound families. Photo courtesy/ Mark Gunderman.
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Special LINK Update
By Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President

A recent article in USA Today said that one in six families in America are considered poor, the highest rate of poverty since 1993. Now among the poor are the college-educated, the former middle-class worker, the suburbanite and the homeowner. As you’ve read, the number of families needing assistance is not going down, but is rising and they live in our neighborhoods, they are our co-workers, and they are friends of our children in school. We are looking for groups, businesses, and schools to partner with LINK to help provide food for our families this year. Won’t you consider coordinating a Food Drive, Used Winter Coat Drive, New Toy Drive, and/or Volunteering to help?

LINK is an all-volunteer non-profit coalition of churches and community organizations providing emergency food assistance to needy families in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. Our motivations are rooted in spirit, mercy and responsibility to others.

LINK 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. The organization delivers food to the homes of approximately 80 families (about 300 people) per month in the Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn communities, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. In 2010, LINK volunteers made 873 deliveries, providing food for 3,889 people. $17,880.00 in grocery gift certificates was also included with these deliveries. Guests request assistance through a direct phone line, referrals are made through social services staff, and our volunteers also work with the public schools to assist families with school children. Each qualified family is given about five day’s supply of non-perishable food and a certificate to purchase perishable food.

During Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2010, LINK served an additional 1,417 families through our Holiday Basket Program. This number represents a little over 7,000 individuals who received food for 5 – 7 days, over $37,000 in grocery gift cards, gently-used winter coats and clothing, two new toys for children newborn through 16 years of age and almost 1,000 pounds of frozen roast, chops, hamburger, ribs, round steak and soup bones and fresh bread.

photoVolunteers and LINK guests mingle in the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church basement during a Christmas food distribution. A large number of volunteers are needed to handle the steady flow of 50 family pick-ups an hour at both Trinity and Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling Park. Sterling United Methodist distributes winter clothing at Thanksgiving and Herndon United Methodist distributes toys at Christmas. Photo courtesy/ Mark Gunderman.



Below is more information on our Holiday Basket Program for this year –

November 19, 2011

Food Distribution, 8 am – 2 pm
• Locations: Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church (46833 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling, VA 20164) and Trinity Presbyterian (651 Dranesville Road, Herndon, VA 20170)

Winter Coat Distribution, 8 am – 3 pm
• Location: Sterling United Methodist Church (304 East Church Road, Sterling, VA 20164)

December 17, 2011

Food Distribution, 8 am – 2 pm
• Locations: Christ
the Redeemer Catholic Church (46833 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling, VA 20164) and Trinity Presbyterian (651 Dranesville Road, Herndon, VA 20170)

Toy Distribution, 8 am – 2 pm
• Location: Herndon United Methodist Church (701 Bennett St., Herndon VA 20170) Families will receive a ticket from the food pick-up location to be used to pick up toys.

Donations Needed
• Food – Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off during the sorting hours listed below at either Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church or Trinity Presbyterian Church.
• Coats – Donations of new or gently-used winter coats, scarves, mittens, hats can be dropped off at Sterling United Methodist Church from
Nov. 13th – 17th, 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, and Nov. 18th from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.
• Toys – Donations of new toys can be dropped off at Herndon United Methodist Church from Dec. 12th – 17th, 9 am – 3 pm.
• Monetary Donations – Donations can be sent to: LINK, PO Box 443, Sterling, VA 20167-0443. If you want the donation dedicated to a certain purpose, please include that in the memo line.

Translators Needed – We need volunteers who are bilingual and speak Spanish (teenagers are also welcomed) to volunteer the day of the Basket
Programs (Nov. 19 and Dec. 17).

Boxes Needed – we typically need 500 empty boxes for both the November & December basket programs. Boxes should be approximately 18x12x15 in size. They will be loaded with heavy canned goods, so a smaller size box is better.

Volunteers Needed – To volunteer, you can register online or send an email to Becky Field-Ross (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) our Volunteer Coordinator. To sign up, go to: http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/link9/993582

Volunteer Dates & Hours

November –
• Monday, Nov. 14 – Sorting from 9 am – 12 pm; 7 pm – 9 pm at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
• Tuesday, Nov. 15 – closed
• Wednesday, Nov. 16 – closed
• Thursday, Nov. 17 - Sorting from 9 am – 12 pm; 7 pm – 9 pm at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
• Friday, Nov. 18 – Sorting from 9 am until finished at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
• Saturday, Nov. 19 –
o Volunteers to help re-stock food, assist families, act as translators, and clean-up, 7:30 am – 4 pm at Christ the Redeemer Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
o Drivers to help deliver food to people who are home-bound, 9 am – 12 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

NOTE: Volunteers are also needed to pick up food donations from schools located in Herndon and Sterling area and drop it off at either Christ the Redeemer or Trinity Presbyterian between Monday, Nov. 14 and Friday, Nov. 18.

December –
• Monday, Dec. 12 – Sorting from 9 am – 12 pm; 7 pm – 9 pm at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
• Tuesday, Dec. 13 – closed
• Wednesday, Dec. 14 – closed
• Thursday, Dec. 15 - Sorting from 9 am – 12 pm; 7 pm – 9 pm at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
• Friday, Dec. 16 – Sorting from 9 am until finished at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
• Saturday, Dec. 17 –
o Volunteers to help re-stock food, assist families, act as translators, and clean-up, 7:30 am – 4 pm at Christ the Redeemer Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
o Drivers to help deliver food to people who are home-bound, 9 am – 12 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church

NOTE: Volunteers are also needed to pick up food donations from schools located in Herndon and Sterling area and drop it off at either Christ the Redeemer or Trinity Presbyterian between Monday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 17.

Contact Information

Holiday Basket Program Coordinator
Lisa Lombardozzi
703-973-4444
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Volunteer Coordinator
Becky Field-Ross
703-434-9099
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
(prefers emails)
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