Counting The Homeless

When Gayle and Danny Sanders first ventured out to the campsites that morning – toting their clipboards, survey forms and plastic bags packed with socks, hand warmers and Ensure to give to those sleeping out in the cold – it was just 9 degrees, frigid enough to slow the ink in their ballpoint pens. Check out this story on INSIDENOVA:

We are Always in desperate need of the following items:

Mobile Hope needs nutritious non-perishable Foods, Clothing and Basic Life Essentials PROTEIN FOODS: MEAT, POULTRY, FISH, DRY BEANS AND NUTS  Canned tuna/pop-top tuna Canned chicken Canned beef stews Canned salmon Bean soups Canned or dried beans Baked beans Canned chili Peanut butter GRAINS: BREAD, CEREAL: Rice and rice mix Canned pastas Noodle mixes Dry noodles and pastas Macaroni and cheese mix Cold cereals Bran cereal Shredded wheat Infant cereal Hot cereal mixes Oatmeal Bread, muffin, and pancake mixes Whole-grain crackers Granola bars Graham crackers MILK AND DAIRY: Nonfat dry milk Evaporated milk Instant breakfast drinks Shelf-stable (UHT) milk (small boxes) Canned and boxed pudding Powder coffee creamer VEGETABLES: Canned vegetables Vegetable soup Canned tomato products Spaghetti sauce V-8 juice FRUITS AND SNACKS: Canned fruit Raisins Applesauce (sweet or unsweetened) Dried fruits (all types) Canned and boxed 100% juice Fruit cups (all varieties) Potato chips Cookies Crackers Jello Pudding Popcorn OILS AND CONDIMENTS: Vegetable oil Salad dressing Syrup (pancake) Jelly and jam Honey Sugar Mayonnaise BABY SUPPLIES (for health and safety reasons we do not accept used or opened items) Baby wipes Pampers sizes newborns, 1 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Pull-ups sizes 4T, 5T and 6T Crib sheets for small cribs and cots, Crib sheets that fit mattresses (new or gently used) Infant and Toddler Sleepwear Swim diapers Baby lotion, baby cornstarch powder, diapering cream Baby cereal baby snacks Individually wrapped snacks and juice boxes infant and toddlers Baby bottles 8 to 9 oz., pacifiers, aspirators, thermometers Strollers HOUSEHOLD ITEMS: Toilet paper Paper towels Napkins Laundry detergent Fabric softener Garbage bags Shower curtains and bath rugs (New/Gently used) CLOTHING AND SHOES:  Infants toddler Young girls Young boys Teen girls Teen boys Young adult woman Young adult men Please keep in mind: We accept new/gently used clothing and due to limited storage space we can only accept seasonal items.  For health and safety reasons we do NOT accept used or damaged undergarments, bathing suits or socks.  MISCELLANEOUS: Gas cards Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Giants, Harris Teeter, etc.) Monetary donations  

Mobile Hope Nominated for 2014 Leesburg Business Awards

Town of Leesburg Announces 2014 Business Awards Nominees Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:33 pm, Wed Apr 30, 2014. Bids are in for the 2014 Leesburg Business Awards, celebrating outstanding businesses and owners who have contributed to the welfare of the community. Winners are chosen from ten categories and will be recognized, along with the nominees, at the Leesburg Business Awards Event Wednesday, May 14, at the Tally Ho Theatre. Establishments that have been operating in the town for 25 years or more will be honored as Leesburg Legacy Businesses. Nominees are: Ambassador Award: The Cooley Gallery Crooked Run Brewing MacDowell Brew Kitchen Road Yacht Community Steward Award: Custom Software Systems Healthy by Nature Mobile Hope Windward Commercial Environmental Award Nominees: Aloe Design Studios, LLC Leesburg Toyota LoCo Beans Coffee Heritage Award: Ellisdale Construction Leesburg Today Madisonbelle Thomas Balch Library Home-Based Business Award: Aloe Design Studios, LLC JuJu Sweetz Kitts & Son Livestock Hauling T’s Dog Training Innovations Award: Chief Technologies Custom Software Systems LoCo Beans Madisonbelle Tally Ho Theatre New Business Award: Best Rack Around Chimole Custom Software Systems Cycleluv Ellisdale Construction Gentle Family Dentistry Hobby Lobby Le Tache Mindstar Aviation, LLC Pro-Fit Ski and Mountain Tally Ho Theatre Public Art Award: Photoworks Veterans Affairs Award: BLS Group Bowtie Strategies The George C. Marshall Award: Bob & Lisa Cusack Joey Darley Donald W. Devine, Jr. Andy Johnston Gwen Pangle The Rising Star Award: Best Rack Around Bowtie Strategies Finch’s Sewing Studio Kettles & Grains Smooch! Voodoo Lunchbox

Fresh Food Distribution

Mobile Hope is starting a “Free” Fresh Food Distribution Day every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting Sunday, March 30th in front of Mobile Hope’s Store at 31 Sycolin Road, SE in Leesburg. (Mobile Hope is located behind the Frederick Douglass Elementary School and down the street from Douglass Alternative School.) Food will be served on a first come-first served basis. Amount of food received by families will depend on the number of people attending. Food items will vary on a week to week basis but could include: • fresh fruits and vegetables • deli sandwiches and chicken • variety of uncooked meat products such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, chicken, etc. • dairy products such as milk, eggs and yogurt • bread, breakfast items and deserts. If you have any questions, require additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact: Donna Fortier at: 703) 328-6901 or