Thanksgiving Food Drive Combined With Gifts For Kids By Cornerstones

Cornerstones assisted 1,000 Reston and Herndon families struggling to make ends meet this holiday season. For a total of 36 hours the week of Nov. 16 through Fri. Nov. 20, volunteers accepted, sorted, boxed, and readied donations for the nonprofit organization’s Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Volunteers line up all the food items to go into bags on one long counter making for an easy assembly line process

According to The Connection Newspapers, “On Thursday, volunteers assembled 303 food bags in the parking lot of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston and, when fully packed, brought them into the church hall for additional sorting. For many in the community with stressed budgets and financial challenges, a Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be possible without this assistance.”

As per The Connection Newspapers, “Susan Alger is Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement. She said that this year because of COVID, Cornerstones was running its Thanksgiving Food Drive with its Gifts for Kids Drive to reduce the number of interactions for everyone involved. This way, Cornerstones could get the children’s gift cards to the parents before the next COVID wave took off. “We have an elf who’s sitting in another room. She went through all the gift cards and checked everybody’s wish list twice making sure we had their cards lined up for them,” she said.”

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