Every year the goal is to provide each family with food for 3 - 5 days. When funds allow, grocery gift cards are also included. When available, coats and toys will also be provided.
In 2020, the Holiday Program served 1176+ families in November and December. More than 3000 toys were distributed to the 3000 children (newborn – 16 years of age) registered for assistance. We also distributed 55,000+ pounds of food that would provide 3 days of food to each family and $66,890 in grocery gift cards. More than 400 volunteers came and helped collect, sort, and package food & toys, register clients, direct traffic, and load vehicles. We are humbled by your compassion and generosity.
For 2021, LINK will be distributing pre-packed food in a drive-through system on 3 different dates - Nov. 20, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. You MUST be pre-registered for the date. No new clients will be processed on these dates.
Questions? Email us at LINKHolidayProgram@gmail.com
This important holiday program occurs because of the large outpouring of the community—food, funds, and volunteers—and the grace of God, much larger than what the LINK member churches could do on their own.
I would like to thank our LINK board and member churches who were amazing in their abundance of time and energy. The holiday programs take many hours of time and the dedication of a core group of volunteers ensures the success. True Christ-like service is selfless and focuses on others. Deuteronomy 15:11 says, “There will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'” I believe that this is our call to be the hands and feet of Jesus – to show our neighbors God’s love through our actions.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
Thank you to the many businesses, churches, scouting groups and individuals who donated to LINK. Here are some of our donors - A Simple Gesture, Airbus, Herndon & Ashburn, American Real Estate Partners, Automotive Service Excellence, Calkain Company, Calohan Family, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Classical Ballet Theatre, Coates Elementary, Community Lutheran Church, Costco, Costco NE division, Dewberry, Fairfax Motorcycle Police Ride for Santa program, Food Lion Great Falls, Green Lizard Cycling, Griffin Owens Insurance Group, Gold's Gym, Sterling, Great Harvest Bread, Harris Teeter, Herndon United Methodist Church & Preschool, Hutchison Elementary School, Janelia Research Campus, Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Loudoun County Office of Building and Permits, Noldus Information Technology, NACHA, NVE Incorporated, PCCW Global, pdvWireless, Rehau, Robinson Secondary, Roofing and More, Scouting for Food, Seldens Elementary, Serco, Sharma children, Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Southland Industries, Spectrum Inc., St. Joe’s Catholic Church, St. Joe’s Men’s Society, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, St. Theresa Catholic Church Ashburn, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Sterling United Methodist Church & Preschool, The Gladstone Companies, Town of Herndon, Toys for Tots Loudoun, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Virginia Belle Realty, Virginia Dental Solutions, WSP and so many others.
In addition, we would like to thank the many private schools and public schools in Fairfax County and Loudoun County who generously conducted food drives, toy drives, and coat drives for LINK. The students, staff and teachers worked tirelessly to see that donations were successful and we are very grateful!