Thank you to the Young Men's Service League and attendees of the Middleburg Community Center Concert on the Steps, for the generous donations on Sept. 15th. Our food drive total was 187 pounds of canned goods! Thank you to everyone for helping support Seven Loaves Services' mission to feed those in need and to the Middleburg Community Center for hosting us at this event!
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Thank you to the Bluemont Concert Series for hosting us at the Sept. 9th show in Middleburg. We were happy to have tables alongside other organizations that are doing good for the community!
Seven Loaves is SO THANKFUL to have the Young Men's Service League come help at the Pantry throughout the summer and school year! Mothers and Sons are eager to assist where they can and treat our Volunteers and Patrons with the upmost respect. Thank you, YMSL, for your wonderful service here at Seven Loaves!
Young Men's Service League (YMSL) is a non-profit organization that was founded in Plano, Texas in 2001. Its mission is to encourage high school-age boys to volunteer with their mothers in the local community during their four years of high school. It promotes strong mother-son relationships at a time when boys are becoming more independent, and it fosters a sense of "giving back" to the community- an important trait to develop as these boys become young men. Each "class" (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) of the "Loudoun South" local chapter is made up of 25 boys and their mothers. Therefore, at any given time, there are approximately 200 people involved in the local chapter. Both moms and high school boys assist the YMSL chapter by having specific jobs within the organization. This also helps teach leadership and responsibility to the boys. The "Loudoun South" YMSL chapter has almost 20 philanthropies that it assists, serves, and supports, including both Seven Loaves and the Dulles South Food Pantry, Honor Flight, Share House, The Adler Center for Caring, Treasure Hound, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, Wreaths Across America, Virginia Waterways, and Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center. Mothers and sons are each required to volunteer at least 20 hours per year, in addition to fulfilling their roles within the organization.
Thank you Volunteers, competing Barns, generous Donors, and Wiseman and Associates for another very successful year at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show!
Thanks to the thirteen Barns that participated in the Barn Charity Challenge (Cut 2 the Chase, West Riding Farm, Derby Down, St. Brides Farm, Woodhall Farm, Salem Oaks, Windsor Farm, Cavalor, TuDane, Dorothy Cox, Hidden Hallow Farm, Foxcroft School, and Newstead Farm), Seven Loaves is proud to announce a net of $2,310 dollars in donations for the Pantry! That beats last year by some $1,000 dollars!
Our top three Barn Winners are Newstead Farm with a $937 dollar donation, TuDane Farm with a $324 dollar donation, and Salem Oaks Farm with a $225 dollar donation! Congratulations to you, and thank you to all of the Barns for the friendly competition!
A big thank you to Barbara Roux and St. Brides Farm for her generous donation of a Free Grooming Stall to the First Place winner, and to Slater Run Vineyards wonderful donation of their Slater Run Roots Wine and their French Rose, a free tasting and a hat for the Second and Third Place Prizes.
Lastly, Seven Loaves thanks all of the other Donors for their generous contributions to our mission. These donations help further fuel the mission to feed and help our Patrons in need in Middleburg and the surrounding area.
Seven Loaves could not function without our dedicated Volunteers! As a way to show our appreciation, we provided each day of Volunteers with lunch, compliments of Market Salamander, and official LOAFER apparel. Our Volunteers are a diverse group of hardworking, funny, and caring individuals who strive to make sure that our grocery store deliveries are made on time, the pantry runs smoothly, and our Patrons feel welcomed into a positive environment. Thank you LOAFERS for your service!
Thank you to the wonderful, local Girl Scout Troop who recently made it possible for many of our Patrons to enjoy a treat most of us take for granted, the ability to celebrate a family member's birthday with cake, candles, and decoration! Gift bags, filled with the ingredients for a cake, birthday candles, party plates, napkins, and celebratory sparkles have brought extra smiles to all of us this week. Clearly, all of our futures are bright with young women this thoughtful and creative growing up in our midst.
Thank you to the men of the United Methodist Church of Sterling who, once again, celebrated St. Patrick's Day by collecting thousands of pounds of Irish Potatoes for distribution at a dozen, Northern Virginia food pantries. The fifty ten-pound bags of big, beautiful Spuds these good and able men loaded into one of our Volunteer's cars for delivery to Middleburg, made all of our Patrons' plans for dinner a whole lot easier.
Seven Loaves' shelves were recently replenished with product donations, thanks to Terry Demanski, on behalf of the Scouts, and Rev. Travis Moger, on behalf of the Middleburg Baptist Church. These non-perishable items, made via the LYNFYN (Love Your Neighbor Feed Your Neighbor) program are always much appreciated.
Every year the Middleburg Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Middleburg Bank donate Easter baskets to Seven Loaves Services. Starting in 2002, Audrey and Andy Bergner of the church began the initiative to make baskets filled with books, toys, and candy for the children of Seven Loaves so they too could enjoy fun treats on Easter. Members of the church and bank collect the materials and assemble these beautiful baskets. The Bergner's were very inclusive people who cared about the good of the community. Since their passing, their daughter Laurie, the church, and bank have carried on this wonderful tradition.