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 2018, LINK served 1581 families (7840+ individuals) in November and December 16. More than 6000 toys were distributed to the 2174 children (newborn – 16 years of age) registered for assistance. We also distributed 66,000+ pounds of food that would provide 3 days of food to each family and $47,680 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.
Holiday Program -
- Registering for the Holiday Program –
Registration for 2019 will be:
- Friday, October 4th from 5 - 7 pm
- Saturday, October 5th from 10 am - 12pm
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)
If you need more information about our holiday program, please email us at email@example.com.
- Thanksgiving Program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
- Christmas Program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
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 4th and 5th. To sign up, click here.
- November Program – we need volunteers beginning Nov. 8th to help with this program. We will post our volunteer needs around mid-September.
- December Program – we need volunteers beginning Dec. 6th to help. We will post our volunteer needs around mid-September.
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, 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!