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Troop Treats, a McLean-based charity, has issued a plea for donations of food and supplies for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed as many as 10,000 Filipinos and left thousands of others without shelter, power, food or clean water.

Troop Treats is partnering with the U.S. military to fly food, medical supplies and other necessities weekly to the hard-hit Central Philippines. Donations of the following are urgently needed:

• Boxed first aid kits.

• Canned foods of all kinds with pull-tops, and boxed noodles, rice, crackers.

• Bottled baby formula, baby bottles, diapers and baby food in unbreakable containers.

• Sanitary napkins for women.

• Towels and blankets.

• Battery-operated flashlights and battery-operated radios (with batteries).

• Hotel-size soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

• Clean, lightweight shirts, pants, underwear and shoes.

Supplies may be dropped off at The Mason Inn Hotel, 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax; James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church; Fairfax County Supervisor Cook’s Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke; and The Fratkin Broussard Team at Morgan Stanley, 1650 Tysons Blvd., McLean (call ahead to arrange drop-off).

Troop Treats welcomes financial donations to pay for shipping. Donate with Paypal at www.troop or on Troop Treats’ Facebook page using the Fundrazr feature. For more, contact Andres Jimenez at 703-622-2661 or

Buy a tree, feed a neighbor

Residents can score wholesale Christmas greenery this weekend in exchange for a commitment to feed the hungry in Fairfax County.

For the fifth consecutive year, A.V. Remodeling and Construction & Intellectual Homes in McLean is sponsoring its Food for Trees holiday food drive, to benefit SHARE of McLean and the food bank at McLean High School.

By partnering with area businesses, Food for Trees expects to sell 400 freshly cut Fraser firs at wholesale prices in exchange for a pledge of $35 in food donations.

“We founded the Food for Trees program in 2009 as a way to encourage food donations during the holidays. It’s a win-win for everyone participating,” said Vincent D’Avena, owner of A.V. Remodeling and Construction. “The response and support for the program has been tremendous in the past, and we hope to triple our donations this year.”

More than 110 families from the D.C. metro area participated in the program last year. The charity hopes to exceed this year’s goal of $12,000 to help local families in need.

Participants are asked to preorder Christmas trees and holiday wreaths by Nov. 17 through Orders will be available for pick-up Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean. The Teen Center will be open for everyone to enjoy hot apple cider, hot chocolate and holiday treats, while children decorate sugar cookies and play games.

The McLean Youth Orchestra and Santa – atop the McLean Volunteer Fire Department’s antique fire engine – will make a special appearance from noon to 2 p.m. Food donations will be collected and loaded into a SHARE truck.

Orders can also be picked up Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community partners include the Rotary Club of McLean, HG Hospitality Group, Sage Communications, SunTrust Bank, Ewing Wealth Management, Keller Williams Realty-Team Ballard, McLean Copy and the McLean Chamber of Commerce. For more, visit or e-mail

Clifton women reach out to needy

Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia will launch the holiday season Nov. 17 with several projects benefiting area residents. The season gets under way at the DWCNV meeting at the Clifton Community Hall at 12641 Chapel Road, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The DWCNV, in coordination with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, is collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute to needy children. Gift cards to Old Navy or Target are welcomed for older children.

The Fire and Rescue Department is also accepting donations of checks and cash to purchase new coats for area children. Each year, the department distributes 3,000 new coats to more than 50 schools, shelters and nonprofit organizations throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. The coats are made in the U.S.A. and purchased at a discount. Checks should be made payable to “Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue.”

The DWCNV is also collecting food store gift cards and checks to benefit Our Daily Bread, a local food assistance program, through Dec. 31. Checks should be made payable to “Our Daily Bread.”

Checks, cash and gift cards can be delivered to the Nov. 17 meeting or mailed to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124.

Our Daily Bread seeks family sponsors

For Thanksgiving and the December holidays, Our Daily Bread is asking individuals, families, companies and community groups to “sponsor” needy individuals and families residing in Fairfax County.

Sponsors choose the size of the family they can assist, the area of the county they would like to serve, and whether they can help with Thanksgiving, a December meal, gifts for children or all three. Registered sponsors receive information about the individual or family and arrange to deliver the meals and gifts. The need for assistance is greatest in Falls Church and Alexandria.

A separate “virtual sponsor” option allows for a financial donation that ODB will use to purchase a gift card to help a specific family.

Community members are urged to register at

In 2012, ODB’s Holiday Program served more than 3,000 families. Demand is expected to increase this season, a result of effects from the government shutdown and sequestration, and reductions in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to individuals and families.

According to statistics from Feeding America, more than 76,000 residents in the Fairfax County area are “food insecure,” meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from.

ODB also welcomes cash donations to provide gift cards to families who are not sponsored. Donations may be made on ODB’s web site or by mail. For more, call 703-273-8829 or email

Reston groups kick off food drive

Reston Community Center, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones are partnering on an annual food drive to benefit community members in need. Donations of nonperishable foods and other household and personal items will be accepted through Nov. 25. Volunteers will sort and deliver donations on Thanksgiving Day.

A list of donation drop-off sites is available at Community members who wish to load donations Nov. 26 and 27, or sort and deliver on Nov. 28, must register in advance. Visit

Furniture retailer gives $7,000 to schools

Bob’s Discount Furniture, based in Manchester, Conn., announced that it will donate funds to seven Fairfax County schools to support arts and education programs.

Each school will receive a $1,000 check this month: Haycock Elementary, Mount Daniel Elementary and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle in Falls Church; Centreville Elementary; Chantilly High; Lanier Middle in Fairfax; and Aldrin Elementary in Reston.

Every month, Bob’s randomly selects seven schools in communities near its furniture stores. The funds are made possible by customer donations through collection jars at the cafes in all Bob’s furniture stores.

“We value the community support we receive at all of our locations, and are thrilled to help enhance education and arts programs in these areas,” said Cathy Poulin, public relations director at Bob’s Discount Furniture.

Governor names six to state positions

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has appointed these local residents to state boards and commissions.

Asian Advisory Board: Hudaidah Ahmed of Falls Church, senior attorney at Fayad Law P.C.; Daniel Chang of Fairfax, IP team manager at Kile Park Reed & Houlteman.

Board of Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors: Reginald Marston III of Springfield, home inspector and president of Residential Equity Management Home Inspection.

Board of Physical Therapy: Steve Lam of Burke, senior management/retired, State Department.

Board of the Virginia College Building Authority: The Hon. Alicia Hughes of Alexandria, former councilwoman for the City of Alexandria.

State Child Fatality Review Team: Regina Milteer of Fairfax Station, pediatrician with United Healthcare Community Plan.