Local Boy Scouts collected more than 92,000 pounds of food across Loudoun County on Saturday morning in the Scouting for Food drive.
The total was 17 percent more than last year and nearly double the total of three years ago.
The Scouts collected the food from doorsteps and front porches and delivered it to four collection sites. More than 1,900 Scouts and 1,200 Scout leaders and parents participated, representing 34 Cub Scout packs, 21 Boy Scout troops and the local Order of the Arrow chapter.
LINK Inc., Messiah's Market and the Community Holiday Coalition received the donations. The three organizations will serve a total of about 3,100 needy Loudoun families this holiday season.
LINK will distribute Thanksgiving baskets on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 46833 Harry Byrd Hwy. (Route 7), Sterling. LINK is also distributing coats to the needy in the same period at Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Rd., Sterling.
The Community Holiday Coalition provides each of its recipient families a box containing all the fixings for a traditional holiday dinner. Families that have applied for Thanksgiving boxes may pick them up today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 45335 Vintage Park Plaza, Sterling.
Messiah's Market is the food distribution ministry for the Community Church in Sterling. The market, at 1439 Shepard Dr., is open Mondays through Wednesdays for one hour each night. For more information, call 703-450-2152.