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Despite Economic Downturn, Loudoun's Spirit of Giving is on the Rise

April 3, 2011

Despite Economic Downturn, Loudoun's Spirit of Giving is on the Rise

JK donates time and resources to collect items for area families in need.

November 17, 2008—Leesburg, VA—Volunteer Loudoun's (VL) Make a Difference Day proved to be another successful year by collecting food, personal care, and household items for nearly 890 families, an 18 percent increase in donations from last year.

VL began its Make a Difference Day effort in 2004 by supporting the Holiday Coalition's Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, assisting 133 families. Because of the overwhelming response by the community, the ability to help others has continually grown, allowing VL to add the Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry as a beneficiary of the one day event.

For a second year, VL was able to partner with Loudoun County Public Schools, giving students an opportunity to engage in community service on a large scale. This partnership resulted in 89 percent of the total donations received. "It's important to involve kids in making a difference in the lives of others while they are young. This is a simple project that makes kids feel like they can make a difference," said Karen Krei, Chair of the Volunteer Loudoun Board of Directors, Student Committee. "Thank you to JK Moving & Storage and Guardian Self Storage for providing sturdy boxes to each school to collect items. A special thank you to JK Moving & Storage, the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management, and M.C. Dean, Inc. for providing drivers and trucks to pick up collected items from each school," Krei continued.

Others sponsors included: Loudoun Cares & the Claude Moore Community Builders and Papa John's Pizza.

"Volunteer Loudoun's success this year is also due to the more than 60 volunteers who worked all day sorting, stacking, and packing all of the donated goods. Everyone worked as a team accomplishing something few of us thought was really possible. We're so thankful for the generous gift of time that was given by some many," said Jeff Fletcher, President of the Volunteer Loudoun Board of Directors.

As the status of the economy continues to change, so does the need of many families in Loudoun County. The Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry invites you to donate food throughout the year. Please visit for more information and to find out what the most current need is. For more information about the Holiday Coalition, please visit For current volunteer opportunities, please visit