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LINK Seeks 4,000 Toys for Christmas Program

12/05/2016 - “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

Lisa Lombardozzi
LINK President
http://www.linkagainsthunger.org

God’s grace is great!

LINK need 4,000 toys by Saturday December 17.

Wonderful deeds were being witnessed throughout the LINK Thanksgiving Holiday programs in Sterling and Herndon. We witnessed wonderful activity everywhere, from the Boy Scouts bringing in heavy bags of food collected through their Scouting for Food event, receiving calls and emails from businesses and schools asking for a pickup of food and/or coats from their drives to benefit LINK, and witnessing hundreds of volunteers sorting food and clothing, escorting clients, and receiving food and coats from all over the area. More than 735 families (3,900+ individuals) received food on Saturday, November 19th. We were able to collect 50,000+ pounds of food, 2,300+ new and gently used coats, 1,650 hats, gloves, and scarves, and 1,600+ winter clothing items.

I wish I could find a way to say how incredibly appreciative we are for the support LINK received and the manner in which the volunteers were able to give back to these 735 families. The thanksgiving programs were an AMAZING thing to watch unfold. It really speaks to the true meaning of Thanksgiving which is about focusing on relationships. Thanksgiving is a relationship between God and man and we celebrate this relationship and Thanksgiving with all of you this season.

We also are mourning the loss of one of our long-time volunteers and LINK Board Member, Jim Butts. Jim Butts was a 40 plus year volunteer with LINK. Jim held various positions within LINK in his later years, most notably information technology support, website designer and telephone coordinator among others. Butts first joined the nonprofit on behalf of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon. In his early years, he served as LINK president four times.

LINK is truly fortunate to have had a volunteer like Jim who quietly worked to make sure our neighbors in need were served year after year.

Volunteers Needed for our Saturday December 17 Christmas Program

To sign up to volunteer for Christmas Program dates (Dec. 14 – 19), go to:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-201611

We will need additional food drives to replace the food distributed during our Thanksgiving Program. If you would be interested in hosting a Christmas food drive to benefit LINK, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We have about 1,900 children ages newborn – 16 years of age registered to receive new toys for Christmas. We need to collect about 4,000 new toys to give each child 2 toys. If you would be interested in hosting a Christmas new toy drive to benefit LINK, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Other Volunteer Opportunities –

Mobile Food Pantry - we need volunteers to help at our Mobile Food Pantry events which are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the rear parking lot at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. LINK has distributed more than 348,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 6,400 families. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.

School Food Rescue – we rescue food from area schools in Fairfax and Loudoun County. Volunteers are needed to transport the food from the school to the pantry or other locations.

Simple Gesture Food Donation – we need about 8 volunteers to help unload donations from A Simple Gesture at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9 am – 11 am.

Top Food Needs – Please see a list of our top food needs – hearty canned soup, canned chicken, boxed rice/pasta side dishes, canned fruit, tomato sauce, boxed potatoes, as well as paper products and toiletries.

Thank you to the following individuals/groups/businesses that have helped LINK –

Schools – Algonkian Elementary collected 155 pieces of food during their Monster Mash Event.

Churches - American Heritage Girls Troop VA1975 from Our Lady of Hope helped with sorting food and the religion classes at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church sorted food.

Individuals – Meaghan, a high school student that lives in the Ashburn, VA area conducted a GoFundMe drive to purchase meat for LINK; Penny, her daughter and a friend helped break down large bags of flour into smaller family sizes during Halloween; 2nd Annual Share Your Blessings and Jen Calohan have raised more than $2,000 to purchase food for LINK from their GoFundMe drive; and the Bane Family who donated venison.

Youth & Scouts – Goose Creek District Boy Scouts and Boy Scouts in the Herndon/North Reston area donated about 40,000 pounds of food to LINK through its Scouting for Food program and the Wolf Den from Cub Scout Pack 2970 and Girl Scout Troop 6069 and helped sort food.

Businesses & Organizations – Costco donated shoes and turkeys to LINK; Jukebox Diner in Sterling held a food drive and collected 500 pounds of food; Harris Teeter donated 11 bundles of paper bags for our Holiday Programs; Raging Wire Data Centers collected food for LINK during their Thanksgiving Luncheon; Cyber Data Technologies in Herndon donated about 50 hams, 45 turkeys and 60 pies; Cal Amp collected 1,000+ pounds of food for LINK; Herndon High Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) collected 90 heavy bags of food; Airbus Company who collected coats, winter clothing and food; Polycom donated their November snack fund and held a food drive; Southland Industries donated food; Town of Herndon Turkey Trot collected food for LINK; Monkey Joe’s in Sterling donated food; Leidos donated food and winter items; Burn Boot Camp in Ashburn donated 273 cans of food; and Herndon NJROTC held a neighborhood food drive to benefit LINK.

For volunteer opportunities, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and check our SignUpGenius link
http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=00CACADAF4CF&cs=09C3BAAE8FBC8B147B0B6471

Volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on your community and the world. Volunteer’s ages 12 years old to 88 years old are invited to come out to participate in this very empowering, emotional and gratifying Christmas event experience.

Note: 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. The volunteers at LINK believe in the power of selfless service. Unconditional love that flows freely is the simplest and purest of all acts. Let our hearts be fixed where true joy is found.

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