Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thank you Girl Scouts!


Thank you to all the Girl Scouts and their families who came out last Sunday to help us pack at Mills Community Center!  We are packing them so quickly with all of your help now.  We appreciate your help and hard work.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Thank you Girls on the run!

We just want to say thank you so much to Mill Run Elementary Girls on the Run team!  The girls trained for a 5K and also collected food to donate to the children on the Weekend Backpack program.  We love when kids want to help other kids!  Thank you girls and congratulations on your training!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weekend Backpack update

Hello!

I want to give you an update how the backpack program is going. We are providing backpacks to 111 children every week in 7 different schools. We did not reach 100 kids until the end of the last school year. The number of children rose very quickly this year and we are excited to help this many children in Ashburn! It would be impossible to care for this many without your generous support.  I appreciate you!  We are going to hold the number here for a bit and won't be accepting any new children to make sure we are good stewards of those we have adopted. In fact, we have only enough sponsorship commitments to feed this number of children until the Christmas break. Please help us by sponsoring a child and ask your friends, family and neighbors to sponsor children. Sponsorship is handled via PayPal by clicking the donate button on this page. We need all the help we can get.

This year we will not be providing Thanksgiving baskets or Christmas gifts in order to assure that we have enough resources to feed the backpack children for the remainder of the school year. We feel a great sense of responsibility to these children and our schools to fulfill our commitment to feeding the children for the entire school year. We encourage you to donate the money that would have gone into a Thanksgiving basket to sponsor a child in the backpack program. The Thanksgiving baskets cost approximately $100 and feed a family a single meal. That amount can almost feed a child for the rest of the school year.

Thank you for helping us help these children in our schools!  We appreciate your contributions of time and money that allow us to do this program.  Have a great week!

Jill

Friday, September 28, 2012

No sale Yard sale this weekend at Broad Run High School

Good afternoon!

We had planned to have a truck at Kitts Hill Terrace tonight and tomorrow night for dropping off clothing for the no sale yard sale but Carl's truck was hit this week by a hit and run driver while parked on Fincastle.  It will not be available for the drop off of clothing.  We would like to ask you all to bring your clothing to Broad Run on Sunday Morning at 8 am.
  I know that is not as convenient but we didn't expect this to happen to Carl.  We still need lots of clothing and shoes that are clean and in good condition for this sale. We hope you can join us.  The parent Liaison from Broad Run will be joining us also that morning which we are very excited about! Thank you Elizabeth!

We are also still looking for people to sponsor a child on the backpack program for $30 a month for 9 months or a one time donation of $270.  We are already up to 82 children a week and growing fast.  We will gladly take food donations still or volunteers to help sort and pack the food.  We will be working on this Monday during the day if any of you would like to help. We will be shopping and restocking shelves that day during the day. Please email me if you are interested in helping! We need food!

The last item we would like to ask for are your plastic shopping bags.  We are out of those and need 82 this week to pack bags.  Those of you coming out to J10 this weekend please bring us your bags!  It's a great way to recycle them!

I talked to a counselor last week at one of our schools.  She told me that her children come like clock work for these weekend food bags.  They are excited and learning responsibility by picking up the food on Fridays.  Thank you so much for your continued support of our network.  We are so glad you are a part of it!  Thank you to all of you who are donating!  We appreciate it so much!

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you anytime between 8-11 at Broad Run High School on Sunday morning!

Jill :)


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hello!

We have started the new school year and are already working hard on lots of new and exciting projects!  Liz and I packed 28 weekend food bags for children in 3 schools on Wednesday and by Friday we had 57 to deliver in 6 schools because counselors kept accepting new kids into the program.   We work with 3 more schools that will be starting their programs soon.  We are planning for 120 children in 9 schools right now. On Thursday one of the counselors told me that her kids are learning responsibility from this and show up faithfully to receive their bags and are really excited.  That made my heart so happy!

We are going to be switching the way we do the bags with teams of shoppers, packers and delivery teams.  We are also setting up a way for people to sponsor children with a donation of $30 and month for 9 months or a one time donation of $270.  This will sponsor 1 child for the whole school year.  It will also allow us to become more efficient with our time and money for buying and packing the food. We will have a pay pal setup soon where you can do this.  Please watch for this if you would like to sponsor a child or email me and let me know.

We also have been helping other families throughout the summer with food deliveries.  Our food supply is desperately low.  We need Crackers, cookies, granola bars, fruit cups and applesauce.  If any of you would like to donate those items as soon as possible we would appreciate it! You can bring them on Sunday morning to J10 church or drop them off at 21617 Merion street in Ashburn.  Liz has a bin on the front porch where you can drop it off and leave it even if she is not there.  We need these items to be able to do our deliveries this week.  We are almost out of some of these items. Please help!

We are excited about helping all these children eat on the weekends!  With your help we can do so much to help our community!  We appreciate your support and look forward to new faces helping!
Have a great Weekend!
Jill :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

We added a new school for the fall!

Hello everyone!
We have been getting in a steady stream of food and want to thank all of you who are dropping off food! We are still in need of Chef Boyardee or soup if you would like to help.   It's so exciting to go to Liz's and see all the food stacked up and needing to be added to the shelves!  Thank you!

We have also added another school for the fall!  We will be helping approximately 20 new children at this Ashburn school starting in August when school begins!  We are excited about being able to help in another school!  Thank you to Sunita for passing our name along to the counselor who was looking to start a program at her school!  If any of you know of a need for a weekend backpack program in your school please feel free to have your counselor contact us!

Thanks!  Have a great week!
Jill 




Monday, April 30, 2012

new need for food to finish the backpack program for this school year

Hello!

We are coming to the end of the school year and I would like to update you on our backpack program.  We were up to 99 backpacks a week within the past few weeks helping students that attend 7 schools in our area. L2F is feeding the equivalent of four classrooms of children! Some families have gotten back on their feet and have been able to come off the program! We are so glad to hear this. 
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There are five weeks remaining in the school year and we need your help to finish it out.  Liz and I looked at our food this morning and this is what we need:

130 Applesauce
200 Chef Boyardee or soup
20 Jelly in plastic containers please
550 Juice bags or juice boxes (100% juice please)
115 Mac n cheese boxes or easy mac packets or cups
20 Hunts canned spaghetti sauce in a metal can

These are the specific items we need. It may seem odd that I am telling you the packaging but it is important in our program to how we pack it for the kids. 

Please consider donating your used backpacks to L2F if you are done with them at the end of the school year. Please also tell your friends to save them for our program.  We are desperately low on them.

You can bring the food to 21617 Merion St in Ashburn.  There is a box on the porch for donations.

Thank you so much for helping and being a part of L2FYou are feeding kids almost 400 meals a weekend right now!
Thank you!
Jill