It was a little chilly at our house this morning, we haven't winterized yet. I can't imagine how cold it was for the homeless children of Loudoun County who slept outside last night. How they must have looked forward to school this morning.
Loudoun is coming together to help homeless youth in our community through a program called Mobile Hope organized by the fabulous Donna Fortier and sponsored by Inova Loudoun Hospital. I received an email update from Donna yesterday, who writes "To date we are close to seeing and assisting over 100 children and families."
Donna also writes:
~ The holidays are fast approaching and we have an immediate request... we will be wrapping gifts to be distributed to children during the month of December. We are in desperate need of wrapping paper, tape, scissors, gift tags, bows, etc. During the month of November, we will need volunteers to help us wrap and sort all of the gifts... so please let me know if you are interested.~ We are always in need of food, clothes and hygiene items, so if you would like to help collect those that would be great as well.~ As we are aware, the cold weather is upon us, so the need for warm weather clothing: insulated hoodies, gloves, socks, blankets, coats, hats, scarves, etc... would be greatly appreciated.~ We are also in need of large hard plastic, see through bins with lids. This is the way we sort and offer the clothing being offered to our children and families. They are sorted by size and gender and really make it easy for children to sort through what they want to take when they come on board our bus, so if you have an interest in donating those that would be very helpful.~ Many have asked about collecting gifts for the upcoming holidays and some have suggested that they are having gifts brought in during their holiday parties to be donated to Mobile Hope. Thank You for this generous offer and we would welcome any and all the gifts ...we want to ensure that each child we see gets a present and a smile. If your organization requires verification for a donation, we will have our Tax forms on our website along with our Tax id, so you can easily maintain those forms and letters (from our foundation) for your tax records.
Recent news stories about Mobile Hope:
[Loudoun Times Mirror]