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    LINK charity distributes food

    photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Zach Feldmeier, 14, of Sterling, left, sorts cans of tuna to be distributed to families in need at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling Nov. 17. Rob Duchesneau of Sterling, right, another LINK volunteer, is also on the charity’s board.

    The LINK charity gave thousands of pounds of food to families in need from Sterling, Ashburn and Herndon the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

    LINK collected 36,000 pounds of food through the Boy Scouts’ Scouting for Food program and had another 15,000 pounds of food left over from past efforts to give out to families.

    About 400 families registered to receive food at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling Nov. 17, and a line of additional families seeking the week’s worth of food extended to the parking lot. Another 400 families were also registered to pick up food at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, and coats were available at Sterling United Methodist Church.

    Several hundred LINK volunteers helped with the distribution events throughout the day.

    photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny
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    Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” - Luke 6:38

    In the days leading up to Saturday, LINK was thrilled to see our area Boy Scouts drop off thousands and thousands of pounds of food collected through the Scouting for Food program.

    LINK depends heavily on the food supplied by the scouts during the holidays. Schools in Loudoun and Fairfax County (private and public) donated food and gently used winter coats and clothing. Local businesses helped out with food and clothing drives. Individuals and civic groups supplied the remainder of our bounty.

    When the day ended shortly after 4 pm, LINK and our volunteers served 801 families (4,300+ individuals)food to last 5 – 7 days, fresh produce and 2,000 lbs. of meat from Capital Area Food Bank. $21,930 was distributed in grocery card gift cards.

    LINK distributed 1,592 coats, 1,748 pairs of gloves and hats and 1,035 sweaters, scarves and other winter clothing items.

    Hundreds of volunteers helped in the week leading up to the event. Volunteers made deliveries to 11 homebound families.

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