LINK needs immediate help to make sure many local families have a happy holiday.
According to LINK volunteers there is a significant shortage on food and toys right now. They need more than 15,000 cans of food and more than 4,000 toys to meet their needs for this year's holiday baskets.
The baskets are scheduled to be distributed this weekend and there is an extreme shortage of cereal, canned fruit, canned tuna and chicken, condiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayonaise, boxed meals, jelly, pasta sauce, canned pasta products and baking products.
LINK is also trying to collect enough toys to provide two for the 2,300 children signed up to receive them through the organization and needs many more. New toys between $10-$20 are requested.
See the information below on how to get donations of food, toys and donations to LINK and help make a local family's Christmas a bright one.
LINK Holiday Basket Information
Food Distribution, Dec. 17 from 8 am – 3 pm
Locations: Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church (46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling, VA 20164) and Trinity Presbyterian (651 Dranesville Road, Herndon, VA 20170)
Toy Distribution, 8 am – 3 pm
Location: Herndon United Methodist Church (701 Bennett Street, Herndon VA 20170) Families will receive a ticket from the food pick-up location to be used to pick up toys.
Food – Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off during the sorting hours listed below at either Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church or Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Toys – Donations of new toys can be dropped off at Herndon United Methodist Church from Dec. 12th – 17th, 9 am – 3 pm.
Monetary Donations – Donations can be sent to: LINK, PO Box 443, Sterling, VA 20167-0443. If you want the donation dedicated to a certain purpose, please include that in the memo line.
Translators Needed – We need volunteers who are bilingual and speak Spanish (teenagers are also welcomed) to volunteer the day of the Basket Programs (December 17).
Volunteer Dates & Hours
- Friday, Dec. 16 – Sorting from 9 am until finished at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
- Saturday, Dec. 17 –
- Volunteers to help re-stock food, assist families, act as translators, and clean-up, 7:30 am – 4 pm at Christ the Redeemer Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church
- Drivers to help deliver food to people who are home-bound, 9 am – 12 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Holiday Basket Program Coordinator
Visit www.LINKAgainstHunger.org for more information.