LINK, Inc. is a non-profit, 501C3 charity that exists to provide emergency food to people in need in the Herndon, Sterling, and Ashburn, Virginia communities. The all-volunteer staff members at LINK believe in the power of selfless service and the importance of providing people in crisis with unconditional love. Click here to watch a video that explains LINK's mission.
A Season of Thanksgiving
"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love endures forever!" (Psalm 107 NLV)
President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” On November 15th and the days and weeks leading up to our LINK Thanksgiving Holiday Program, there were hundreds of volunteers living out those words. Schools in Fairfax County and Loudoun County organized Food and Coat drives for LINK, Businesses set up boxes in their offices to collect donations, Boy Scouts went door to door collecting food through their Scouting for Food event on Nov. 8th, Girl Scout Troops throughout both counties solicited donations, churches asked parishioners to donate, political leaders spread the word and collected food, and individuals found creative ways to donate. More than 50,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to LINK so that we could provide more than 776 families food for 3 – 5 days. Thousands of gently used coats, scarves, hats, mittens and winter clothing were distributed. LINK was able to give $22,310 in grocery gift cards to the families.
The temperature dropped by 30 degrees during the week and hundreds of volunteers worked to distribute food to families who waited in the frigid temperatures. Volunteers worked to sort the food and clothing throughout the week so that clients could “shop” for themselves on Nov. 15th. Each client had an escort to assist with their selections and it gave the volunteers and the clients an opportunity to share friendship. At Trinity Presbyterian Church (Herndon), a group of dedicated volunteers braved the cold conditions to help clients move the food from grocery carts to their vehicles. At Christ the Redeemer, we had the men of Sigma Mu Mu of Loudoun County helping clients load their food. At Sterling United Methodist Church, church members and volunteers continued to restock the racks and tables and help clients find clothing for themselves.
When the last clients were served and cardboard and trash cleaned from the floors, LINK served 776 families (3880 individuals) more than 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food, 750 pounds of frozen meat, 300 pounds of vegetables and fruit, 2500+ winter coats & accessories, and $22,310 in grocery gift cards. 18 families who were homebound were served by a dedicated group of volunteers.
I want to personally thank each and every individual, school, church, scouting group, political leader and business that helped make yesterday a successful day! The families who received the items are grateful and LINK is so proud to be a part of an amazing community! I want to thank the hard working LINK Board members and member churches who spent hundreds of hours of personal time to ensure the success of the program.
We will host the Christmas Holiday event on December 13th. We will need to collect more food to distribute as much of what we collected was given to families. We will also need to collect 4000 new toys for the 1900+ children who are registered. We hope to give two new toys to children age newborn – 16 years of age. We will also distribute grocery gift cards to the families who are registered. We need YOUR help!! We need Food Drives, Toy Drives and donations. If you would like more information, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Businesses can contact our Business Liaison, Carrie, at email@example.com.
If you want to help by volunteering, click on this link December 13.
LINK’s Top Needs - canned fruit, pasta sauce, tomato products, canned meant, potatoes, hearty soup, hamburger helper, canned pasta, jelly. Please pass on this list to anyone asking to donate food.
School Food Rescue Program - We are partnering with 7 elementary schools in Fairfax and Loudoun County to rescue food that would normally be thrown away. We need volunteers to help pick up the rescued food and take it to LINK, Embry Rucker Shelter, Messiah's Market, Kendrick Court Senior Apartments, or Cascades Village Apartments. Click on the Sign Up Now link below to see the schools we partner with.
Mobile Food Pantry – We continue to hand out food donated by the Capital Area Food Bank and LINK to families on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm – 4 pm in the rear parking lot of Christ the Redeemer Church. Since we started, we have handed out more than 178,000 pounds of food to more than 4900 families. The next Mobile Food Pantry date is Tuesday, Nov. 11th.
For other volunteer opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check our SignUpGenius link below –