• News Release: 1/5/2021

    Holiday Meals Bring Cheer to Isolated and Lonely Seniors
    Shepherd’s Center serving Oakton, Vienna, Reston, Herndon (SC) Volunteer Driver Stands Out When Delivering to Reston Seniors for Her Generosity and Kindness
    Photo provided by Shepherd’s Center
    Pictured above (l-r) Erin O’Reilly, Volunteer Manager, Shepherd’s Center; Café’ Renaissance owners Saeed and Soraya Abtahi; Jayne Young, Interim Executive Director, Shepherd’s Center.
    Vienna, VA.    While this time of year may be festive for many, during these difficult days of COVID restrictions, the Shepherd’s Center Serving Oakton-Vienna-Reston-Herndon (SC) wanted to reach out to their often lonely and isolated senior clients. This past Christmas week, SC was able to share holiday meals with local isolated senior clients. SC’s Holiday dinner delivery initiative was welcomed by their clients. 
    One of SC’s volunteer drivers, Lyn Black, showed kindness and the spirit of the season when delivering to 2 of Shepherd’s Center clients in Reston, VA.  Ms. Black, (pictured Photo #1) showed up for her deliveries wearing a red jacket with a jaunty Christmas hat on.  She decided to dress up very festively with the cute hat, jingle bells necklace and bracelet.  On her first delivery, one of SC’s Reston clients noticed her jingle bell bracelet and said she really liked it, so Lyn gave it to her.  The senior was jingling her newly acquired bracelet saying, "you know, an angel gets it’s wings every time you hear a bell ring".  The very next Reston meal recipient admired her cute little red hat.  So, Lyn gave that to her as well!  The Shepherd’s Center is so grateful to Lynn and all their volunteers.
    The following are three testimonials provided by SC’s senior meal recipients: 

    • “It was so nice that someone else thought of me besides family. Being alone is no fun!”
    • “Thank you for reaching out to all of us home sheltering to stay well. Just knowing you’re there is helping.”
    • “Merry Christmas.  Stay safe and well – You are needed!”
    The sumptuous holiday dinners were prepared by Café Renaissance and Skorpios Maggio's Greek Family Restaurant.  Hand-made greeting cards were provided each client by the elementary school students at The Newton School in Sterling, VA under the leadership of Nicola Magley, Administrative Assistant.
    “Our newly initiated Holiday Meal Delivery Program has been so well received. The volunteer drivers reported that upon delivery, many joyful tears were shed by our senior clients. This program is our way of bringing a bit of cheer into the lives of some of our clients that would otherwise have no outside contact this holiday season.  Helping to lessen isolation and the resulting depression is the impetus for all that we do at the Shepherd's Center.  Our vision is "Creating a World Without Loneliness". …. Jayne Young, Interim Executive Director, Shepherd’s Center
    This event was funded by Northrop Grumman and United Bank.  Meal deliveries were made by board members Rich Deusterhaus, Patti Vaughn, Bill Farrell, Scott Schroth, Leigh Banducci and Scott Honiberg.  In addition, volunteer delivery drivers included Matthew Humphrey, Executive VP, Head of Wealth & Investment Management, United Bank; Lyn Black, Matt Banducci and Claire Banducci.
    To volunteer, donate or learn more about how you can help, or how we can help you, visit their website at www.scov.org or, contact the office at 703-281-0538, office@scov.org.   Be sure to LIKE and SHARE their page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/scov.org/

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