Contributions from the community enabled Cornerstones to distribute more than 900 Thanksgiving baskets and grocery certificates to families in need over the weekend.
The Reston nonprofit says that about 100 volunteers, including Individuals, families, and volunteer groups such as scouts, religious organizations, businesses, and schools, helped distribute the items on Saturday.
Each family was provided with a Thanksgiving basket, many of which were decorated by donors with holiday messages and pictures.
The baskets included:
- 3 cans assorted veggies and 2 cans fruit
- 1 bottle cooking oil; 2 lb. bag of flour and 2 lb. bag of sugar
- 1 box instant potatoes or macaroni & cheese or stuffing
- 1 box rice, 1 box biscuit or muffin mix
- 1 snack (pretzels, chips, nuts, etc.)
- 1 box of dessert mix
- 1 $25 gift card (Giant/Safeway/Shoppers) for the purchase of a turkey/ham entrée
“For many in our community with stressed budgets and financial challenges, a Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t possible,” said Cornerstones CEO Kerrie Wilson.
“Cornerstones has been hosting this annual Thanksgiving food drive for more than a decade, to allow families in need in our community to focus on paying bills, buying food, and remaining in their homes.”
Cornerstones is also holding a winter coat drive and a Gifts for Kids drive this holiday season. Visit Cornerstones’ website for more details.
Photos courtesy of Cornerstones