Community Notes

Community Notes

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The Loudoun Continuum of Care, in conjunction with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, the Loudoun County Division of Mental Health, and a number of faith-based and nonprofit organizations, will open its emergency winter shelter Thursday, Nov. 15. The purpose of the program is to provide an emergency overnight shelter for adults age 18 and over to prevent hypothermia-related health problems or injury. The program will provide shelter nightly through March 31, 2008.

Individuals do not need a referral to use the shelter. They simply need to be at the designated bus stop by 9:30 p.m. any night between Nov. 15-March 31. Transportation will be provided to and from the shelter for all persons in need of the program. The bus stop will be at the Shenandoah Office Building, 102 Heritage Way, N.E., in Leesburg.

The Salvation Army of Loudoun County, under contract with the Loudoun County government, will staff the shelter and oversee day-to-day operation of the program. Additional information can be obtained at the following phone numbers:

703-771-3371: Mondays-Fridays, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

571-436-1506: after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.

The Loudoun County Fire/Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association announce their participation in the 60th Annual Toys for Tots Campaign, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Through Dec. 21, fire and rescue stations throughout the county will be collecting new, unwrapped toys; they will not accept any toys that resemble weapons. Contact the department's Toys for Tots coordinator, Lt. Nicole Hankin, at 703-737-8011 or the Toys for Tots campaign at

The 25th annual Neediest Kids Food Drive continues through Friday, Dec. 21. The drop-off locations are located in all 140 Safeway grocery stores throughout Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. All food donated will benefit feeding organizations that serve the community nearest the store.

During the month of December, the Youth Music Preservation and Promotion Association will hold an instrument drive to provide instruments to many underprivileged and low-income students. There is a need for all orchestra instruments and music accessories. Contact Youth Music at or 703-728-2589 for information on how to donate. All donations are tax deductible.

The 2007 Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys guide to trees, greens and holiday floral products, featuring more than two dozen Loudoun County farms and businesses where you can purchase Christmas trees, wreaths, swags and seasonal gifts is available at the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association in Leesburg, Loudoun County libraries and community centers. To have a brochure mailed, call the Department of Economic Development at 703-777-0426. Visit