The Loudoun County Community Holiday Coalition learned last week that the building on Route 28 in eastern Loudoun owned by Lerner Corp., where the group has staged its holiday store for two years, will not be available this year.
"We knew that this would not be a permanent situation for us," said Karen Velez, coalition coordinator. "We are so very grateful to Lerner for their generosity during the last two years, but we now find ourselves in great need of space to have our holiday distribution. Three years ago, right after the 9/11 tragedy, we found ourselves in the same situation, and the community responded. We know that they will again."
Last year's program helped almost 1,100 families, and organizers expect at least that many this year. The program accepts families for holiday help based on income. The holiday store is stocked with donations of new toys, clothes and gifts.
"For the last two years, we have had about 30,000 square feet of space to work with, and that is about what we would need this year," said Susan-Jane Stack of the Social Services Department.
Anyone who can help the coalition find space from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 should call 703-771-5718.