Community Holiday Coalition
www.loudoun.gov (under "Spotlight on: The Holiday Coalition")
Volunteers and donations needed to help feed 800 families at Thanksgiving and more at Christmas. Thanksgiving requests include nonperishable holiday food. No refrigeration is available, so gift cards are preferred for turkeys and other perishables. Gently used, clean winter coats and blankets are being collected to distribute at Thanksgiving. All coat sizes, but especially children and teen sizes, are needed. New gloves, hats and mittens will be distributed in December. Cash donations are needed to purchase many items. Christmas requests include food and gift cards; filled stockings for infants and teens; gift bags for seniors (stocking and bags provided); new toys and gifts for children of all ages; new clothes for all ages; gifts for seniors and special needs adults; personal and household care items; gently used artificial Christmas trees; and holiday decorations. Items will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. today; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5; and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 through 8 at various sites countywide and the Vintage Park One Office Complex, 45335 Vintage Park Plaza (off Routes 28 and 606).
* Loudoun community centers.
* Ashburn Ice House.
* Arcola and South Riding fire stations.
* Dulles Town Center information center.
* Edward Jones, 108-A South St., Leesburg.
* Eastern Regional Library, Cascades.
* Glen Apartments, Leesburg.
* Good Shepherd Thrift Shop, Regal Center, Sterling.
* Guardian Storage, Leesburg, Ashburn and Chantilly.
* Hunt Country Furniture, King and Loudoun streets, Leesburg.
* Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association, 222 Catoctin Cir. SE, Suite 100, Leesburg.
* Middleburg Bank, all locations.
* Potomac Valley Bank, Leisure World.
* River Creek Club/community, Olympic Boulevard, Leesburg.
* Sawdust Specialties, 8 Fort Evans Rd., Leesburg.
* South Riding Town Hall, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Store to Door, Filligree Court, Ashburn.
* United Bank, Sterling.
* University Heights Apartments, Ashburn.
* Virginia Village Center, Jerry's Florist and Leesburg Pharmacy.
* World Gym, Leesburg and Sterling.
December Holiday Only
* Merle Norman Cosmetics, Battlefield Shopping Center, Leesburg.
Seeks new or gently used holiday decorations and artificial trees. Call or drop them off at any of the Holiday Coalition sites.
Its 14 churches feed more than 3,000 people at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers, nonperishable food items and $10 to $25 grocery store gift certificates are needed. Drop off donations at Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling, from 9 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for Thanksgiving. Christmas donations will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 through 15; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17; and 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18. Winter coat drop-off, 3 to 8 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd.
Clock Tower Thrift Shop
Donations of new or like-new toys, household items, books, cosmetics, sporting goods and winter clothing, including coats, gloves, sweaters, boots and hats, are needed. Items will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. The shop is at Village Center on Seven, Sterling.
Loudoun Abused Women's
Gift cards for food at Thanksgiving and Christmas and volunteers for Adopt-a-Family program for Christmas are needed.
The Salvation Army of
Donations and grocery vouchers for Christmas meals requested, with volunteers to ring bells countywide during annual kettle drive. Organizations and individuals are needed to accept gifts for the Angel Tree program for needy children and seniors at Dulles Town Center and Leesburg and Sterling Wal-Marts through Dec. 12. Car donations are needed to help provide money for food vouchers.
Loudoun County Animal Shelter
The shelter accepts donations and useful items for animals, and needs towels, blankets and dog and cat treats and toys. More requests may be found online. 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. 540-882-3211.
LARC and ECHO
703-777-1939 or 703-779-2001
Volunteers are needed to help with holiday gift wrapping fundraiser Nov. 26 to Dec. 24 at Dulles Town Center. Both nonprofit agencies serve people with disabilities and their families.
"Lend a Hand for the Hungry"
Family practice chiropractors across the country are banding together to support needy families in their communities. Canned food donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sonak Family Chiropractic, 46859 Harry Byrd Hwy., Suite 102, Sterling. Refreshments, health and wellness information, spinal screenings and chiropractic care provided. Free. Food donations will be collected at the door through Thanksgiving whether or not you receive free health services. Benefits the Community Holiday Coalition, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Church of Peace
Toys, crafts, blankets, coats, sweaters, jackets, household needs, wrapping paper, adhesive tape, shipping tape, sturdy shipping boxes, candy, Wal-Mart gift cards and monetary donations to help support the Church of the Tipi Wakan on the Standing Rock Reservation in Cannonball, N.D. Drop off at the Angel Hill House, Governors Drive, Leesburg, on the covered front porch anytime through Dec. 3. If you wrap your gift, note the intended sex, age and size (if clothing) of the recipient on the outside. Please leave your name with your donations.
Early Head Start Loudoun
Donations of toys and books for preschoolers, Spanish- English dictionaries, nontoxic paint and brushes are requested. Contact Maureen Collins.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
Money, in-kind donations and volunteers are sought for programs covered by Catholic Charities, including the Loudoun office at Christ the Redeemer Church, 46833 Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling, 703-421-2317. Volunteer coordination and a prison ministry program are handled through the main office at 200 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Monetary contributions may be made by check or credit card. Send checks to Catholic Charities, 200 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 506, Arlington, Va. 22203. For credit card donations, call 703-841-2531 or 800-770-7975 or donate online.
Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia
This housing advocacy group requests an office chair and businesses willing to adopt a few families for the holidays.
Northern Virginia Family Services
NVFS, which has an office in Sterling, seeks individuals and corporations to sponsor one or more families through the Adopt-a-Family program. Sponsors are provided with first names, ages, clothing size and gift preferences of each family member. A Toys for Kids drive also needs participants to collect new toys by soliciting donations of toys or money.
The Salvation Army
Thrift-store volunteers, bell ringers for kettle drive through Dec. 24 and nonperishable food items are needed for Christmas. Thanksgiving baskets have been prepared.
Donations requested include kitty litter (not scoopable, just plain); dog and cat treats and toys; canned dog and cat food; kitten chow (dry); laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid; trash bags; and bleach. Accepted at SPCA, 9350 Rogues Rd., Casanova.
The Plains Community League
Residents of The Plains are invited to help assemble and deliver food boxes to families in need, 2 p.m. next Sunday. Meet at the Turner Community House, Main Street, Children are welcome to join.
-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK