Donations are requested for the drive, which will provide supplies for students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Around 55,000 county students qualify for the program.
There are two ways to support the drive. Monetary donations are being collected online in order to purchase supply kits in bulk. Backpack donations can be dropped off at any Apple Federal Credit Union location in Fairfax County, Cornerstones, Britepaths and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.
Monetary donations are accepted year-round and backpacks are accepted through August.
For more information, contact Kathy Ryan at 571-423-1206 or [email protected].
Photo by Cornerstones
As prom season approaches, Reston Community Center is participating in its 16th annual Diva Central Dress Drive.
Beginning today through Feb. 28, the center will collect gently-used formal wear, including dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags, scarves, shawls and accessories, at its Hunters Woods and Lake Anne locations.
RCC is accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. All donations are tax-deductible.
Donations should ideally be no older than five years old and dry cleaned before donation. If items cannot be dry cleaned, RCC staff should be notified during drop-off.
At a giveaway on March 24, dresses will be given to Reston-area middle and high school students. This year’s event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at RCC Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza).
Diva Central aims to promote self-confidence by providing dresses to students, including middle schoolers who participate in school dances.
Eileen Boone, RCC’s leisure and learning director, said the drive will help alleviate the financial burden often experienced by local teens as they prepare for school dances.
“We hope to lessen that financial burden by giving local teens the opportunity to create their entire prom or dance look for free,” she said.
Photo via Reston Community Center
Protecting the Homeless This Winter — Fairfax County officials are encouraging people to call the county’s non-emergency phone number if they see someone at night who unsheltered and may be at risk of hypothermia. Police can be reached at 703-691-2131 where they will work with the individual and temporary shelter facilities to provide overnight shelter. [Fairfax County Government]
UPS Store in South Lakes Accepts Donations — The store on 11160 South Lakes Drive is taking tax deductible contributions for Wreaths Across America. Wreaths will be purchased that will be laid on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and across the region. [94.7 FM]
Reston Association’s Elections Planning Begins — RA’s elections committee will meet today to plan the layout of next year’s Board of Directors election from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at RA headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive). Four of the nine-member body’s seats are open in the election. [Reston Association]