“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” John 1:14 (The Message)
Christmas is a season for giving and receiving. We watch our recipient’s faces when we give a gift to see how it was received and the same is happening when we receive a gift. God gave us his only son, but he also gave us the opportunity of forgiveness of our sins, and hope for our future. When we see our volunteers giving their time and talents to our LINK Holiday program, we see the impact on our client’s. Our clients see people giving selflessly of their time. What a special Christmas gift to receive! 772 families (4300+ individuals) received food for 3 – 5 days, $19,765 in grocery gift cards, and 4500+ new toys for children newborn – 16 years of age on Saturday, Dec. 17th.
Volunteers Needed to Deliver Food to our Clients in January – LINK delivers Tuesday through Fridays (between 4 pm – 8 pm) and Saturdays (between 1 pm – 4 pm) to families in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn.
To sign up to help make deliveries, go to - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-2017
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 Church from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. To sign up to help, click here. LINK has distributed more than 348,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 6400 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. To sign up to help, click here.
- Top Food Needs – Here is 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.
- Donate to LINK – your donations are tax deductible and graciously welcomed! We would be honored to be the recipient of your end of year giving. For more information and ways to give, visit our web page.
Thank you to the following individuals/groups/businesses that have helped LINK –
- Schools – Beantree learning Center in Ashburn donated food; Kids Under Construction Preschool from Stering UMC donated to LINK; and Herndon High NJROTC donated food to LINK through its neighborhood food collection.
- Churches – St. Joseph Catholic Men’s Society collected 3,000+ pounds of food to LINK; Catholic Charities St. Lucy project donated 1,000 pounds of food for LINK; Trinity Presbyterian Church youth ran to the store and back to get food for LINK in their First Toucan Turkey Trot; St. Veronica Council of the Knights of Columbus donated new coats; and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church donated toys and gift cards.
- Individuals – Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity of Loudoun who braved icy and cold conditions to help clients at Christ the Redeemer; Herndon Woman’s Club who donated leftover from their holiday party to LINK; Simple Gesture donated 2,205 pounds of food for LINK through their food collection program; and the Fairfax County Motorcycle Police Division donated toys they had collected.
- Youth & Scouts – Ambassador Troop 1255 (with help from Junior 1105 and one Cub Scout!) for their annual Holiday Stocking Project for LINK! Helpful vendors included: Washington Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Hilton Homewood Suites, Firehouse Subs, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Safeway, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Giant and Dr. Neda Kalantar (from Pediatric Dentistry of Reston).
- Businesses & Organizations – Costco donated hundreds of new toys and clothing (filled 5 SUVs) for the holiday program; Gladstone Company employees for their truckload of goodies; Keller Williams realtor, Starr for the donation of goodies at Open House events; Airbus employees who donated hundreds of new toys; Arbor Terrace who donated gloves as a part of their “dress down day” event; Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) donated and delivered toys; Toys for Tots Loudoun County and Signature Companies who coordinated to bring hundreds of toys to LINK; Reston Hospital employees who donated new toys; Virginia Dental Solutions Reston and Ashburn offices donated toys; Apptium Technology was a first time supporter of our Christmas program; Technica donated food, coats/shoes/boots, and toys; Intelice donated toys; NVE donated new toys, coats and food; Classical Ballet Theatre, in conjunction with its Nutcracker performances at its studios in Herndon and at the beautiful Ernst Theater in Annandale, once again held a food drive in support of LINK Against Hunger; The Grove at Flynn’s Crossing donated coats to LINK; Metron Aviation donated toys; REHAU shared their holiday spirit with a full SUV of food, clothing and toys; Thrivent Financial donated toys.
For other volunteer opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check our SignUpGenius link below –