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Northwest Federal Credit Union (NWFCU) headquartered in Herndon, conducted its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Nov. 7-18. Once again, employees and members responded to the call and donated a record 316 non-perishable food items in the collection bins at NWFCU’s Herndon and Vienna branches. The food was given to the Reston Community Center and Reston Interfaith for distribution to local families in need during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Triple Canopy Inc., a Herndon-based security firm, recently helped bring goods into northern Pakistan to aid victims of a recent earthquake.

Through the donation of more than $2 million worth of equipment, Alaska Structures Inc. helped to build hospitals, schools and shelters for more than one thousand homeless earthquake victims in northern Pakistan.

Utilizing its integrated security solutions to coordinate the administrative, logistical and security services needed to transport this equipment and appropriate personnel, Triple Canopy was responsible for making sure everything was delivered to the various locations safely and on time.

From initial operational and security assessments to coordination between relief organizations and the U.S. military, Triple Canopy facilitated this by locating secure lodging, storage, translator services and medical facilities.

Once the mission was underway, Triple Canopy not only provided protection services for Alaska Structure's executive staff, but company specialists also supervised the movement of personnel to the staging base, ensuring safety, equipment accountability and overall time management of the operation.

Founded in 2003, Triple Canopy delivers security and protection solutions to governments and private corporations worldwide. The company integrates security solutions to secure success for its clients. Triple Canopy's

services include assessment and analysis, technical surveillance countermeasures, tactical training, and full-scale security and protection operations.

Blue Ridge Meats donated 500 pounds of deer meat to the LINK Thanksgiving Program on Nov. 19. The meat was cut into steaks, roasts, tenderloins and venison burger. Blue Ridge Meats will again donate 1,000 pounds of meat to support the LINK Christmas Program on Dec. 17, at Christ the Redeemer Catholic in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian in Herndon. Over 400 families, comprising 2,000 people, are expected to register for this event.