Every year the goal is to provide each family with a week’s worth of non-perishable food in November and again in December. When funds allow, grocery gift cards are also included. In November, clients also receive a voucher for coats and warm clothing. In December, children 16 and under receive gifts.
In 2017, LINK served 827 families (4300+ individuals) on Saturday, December 16th. More than 5000 toys were distributed to the 2174 children (newborn – 16 years of age) registered for assistance. We also distributed 28,000+ pounds of food that would provide 3 days of food to each family and $24,895 in grocery gift cards. 300+ gently used coats were distributed to the families, as well. More than 200 volunteers came and helped sort food & toys, escort clients, shop for food, clothing & toy needs, load vehicles, register families and restock food & toys.
Registration for 2018 will be during early October. Please check back in September for specific dates. If you need more information about our holiday program, please emails us at email@example.com.
Holiday Program -
- Registering for the Holiday Program –
Registration will be held on Friday, Oct. 5th from 5 pm - 7 pm and Saturday, Oct. 6th from 10 am - 12 pm. You only need to attend one registration date. You can choose to register at EITHER Trinity Presbyterian Church (651 Dranesville Road, Herndon) or Christ the Redeemer Church (46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling)
- Thanksgiving Program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
- Christmas Program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Volunteers will be needed to help during our Holiday Programs.
- Register clients – we need volunteers (especially Spanish speaking volunteers) to register the families for our program on October 5th and 6th. To sign up, click here.
- November Program – we need volunteers beginning Nov. 12th to help with this program. To sign up, click here.
- December Program – we need volunteers beginning Dec. 10th to help. To sign up, click here.
Questions? Email us at LINKHolidayProgram@gmail.com
This important holiday program occurs twice annually 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. There were 827 families who felt that love on December 16th. They know that they are not forgotten and that someone touched their lives whether it was through a teenager who escorted them around a room filled with food or toys, a kind smiling fraternity member who stood in the cold and loaded their groceries into their car or a smiling volunteer who wished them a Merry Christmas.
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, Apptium, Ascend Therapeutics, Automotive Service Excellence, Boy Scouts - Scouting for Food, CalAmp, Calohan Family, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Classical Ballet Theatre, Community Lutheran Church, Costco NE Division, CWPS, Dranesville Church of the Brethren, Fairfax Motorcycle Police Division Santa Ride, Food Lion, Herndon-Chantilly, Girl Scout Junior Troop 1105, Girl Scout Troop 1255, Girl Scout Troop 6080, Gladstone Companies, Great Harvest Bread, Griffin Owens Insurance Group, Harris Teeter, Herndon Elementary SACC Program, Herndon High FBLA, Herndon Turkey Trot, Herndon United Methodist Church, Herndon United Methodist Preschool, Intelice, International Designers Society of America (ISDA), Leidos, Loudoun Toys for Tots, memoryBlue, Mercedes-Benz of Chantilly, Noldus Information Technology, NVE, PCCW, pdvWireless, Polycom, Inc., REHAU, Reston Hospital Employees, Schools - Fairfax County & Loudoun County, Self Storage Plus, Dulles, Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church School, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, St. Veronica's Catholic Church, Sterling Park Christian Church, Sterling United Methodist Church, Sterling United Methodist Preschool, Sterner's Tae Kwon Do, Herndon, Technica Corporation, The Julian at Fair Lakes staff & residents, Town of Herndon, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Virginia Dental Solutions, Reston & Ashburn, and Wegman's Grocery Store.
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!