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December 2017 News   

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Next Meeting

The next ACCA board meeting will be
February 6   
Location TBD 

Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m. 
Open to all visitors   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

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ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

Braddock Baptist

Calvary Church of the Nazarene

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Annandale Ward
Little River Ward

Cornerstone Evangelical Free

Culmore United Methodist

First Presbyterian

Friendship United Methodist

Holy Spirit Catholic

Hope Lutheran

John Calvin Presbyterian

Lincolnia United Methodist

Little River United Church of Christ

Mt. Pleasant Baptist

Peace Lutheran

Providence Presbyterian

Queen of the Apostles Catholic

Ravenworth Baptist

Sleepy Hollow United Methodist

St. Alban's Episcopal

St. Anthony Catholic

St. Barnabas Episcopal

St. Michael's Catholic

St. Paul's Episcopal

United Baptist

Warner Baptist    

Challenge Campaign Needs You
For many of our neighbors in need, 2017 has been a year of uncertainty and anxiety concerning their ability to pay for food, rent, child care, gas and electric, furniture, or medicine. Yet, for over fifty years, those living in Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, and Lincolnia areas of Fairfax County have been able to turn to the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) for help. In fact, over the past year, we assisted approximately 5,600 people in our service area.
ACCA needs your support to continue our work in the coming year. Our goal for this year's Challenge Campaign is to raise $120,000 in donations between now and January 31, 2018.
How do you know that donations will directly help needy neighbors? In June, ACCA was recognized again as "one of the best small nonprofits in the DC Metro region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Moreover, Fairfax County has invited ACCA to expand its childcare program, so that the number of low-income children served can increase from 185 to over 220 children in the coming year.  
To donate by mail, send your check payable to ACCA to 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Please note "Challenge Campaign" in the memo line. You can donate with credit or debit card online via the Catalogue for Philanthropy or PayPal. See details on the ACCA website.  
Thank you for supporting ACCA to help those in need in our community. Your contribution WILL make a difference!
Athletes Raise Money for CDC   
Kathy Holmes and Bonnie Lefbom
Kathy Holmes, left, chair of the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) Board, received a check for $2,000 from Bonnie Lefbom, president of For the Kids International, Inc., to benefit the CDC at the December ACCA board meeting. The funds were raised this summer through a family-friendly triathlon in support of Kisima Child Care Center in Kenya and the ACCA CDC. This was the third year for the triathlon, which is growing in popularity and participation. Watch this newsletter for information on the 2018 triathlon.
ACCA Board Elects New Officers
The ACCA Board elected new officers for 2018 this month. Congratulations to incoming president Debra Schrag (St. Alban's Episcopal) and incoming vice president Dave Donahue (St. Mark Catholic, Vienna, Va). The board expressed its appreciation for their service to outgoing ACCA president Neal Mohlmann and vice president Diane McEldowney.
Re-elected to serve in their current positions were Homer Christensen, treasurer, Joy Savage, recording secretary and Carol Weber, corresponding secretary.
Second Winter Outerwear Collection
ACCA will be collecting winter coats, jackets, hats and gloves for men, women and children between January 2-13, 2018. Contact Don Di Spirito at 703-256-9513 if your parish or organization has items to contribute.
Ministry Updates    
Family Emergency Assistance served 28 families in November with more than $13,800 in assistance with rent, utilities and other assistance.
The Boys Scouts held a very successful food drive in November, delivering 14,500 pounds of food to the ACCA Food Pantry. ACCA food drivers served 75 households, including 222 individuals. In addition, they delivered 54 thanksgiving baskets, and provided 80 power packs to Mason Crest Elementary School students. Power packs contain nonperishable food and drink items for children whose families need food assistance.  
The Furniture Ministry made deliveries to 15 households, of which 9 had children under the age of 18. Among those served was a disabled person who was moving out of a temporary shelter into a permanent apartment. Volunteers delivered a truckload of furniture, arriving at an empty apartment where the client was sleeping on the floor, and leaving it comfortably furnished.
The joint ACCA-Shepherd's Center of Annandale Springfield Transportation Program provided 32 rides in November.  
Meals on Wheels volunteers served 26 clients in November; 35 clients received a special Thanksgiving meal.
CDC Expansion Moves Forward
Staff at the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) are working closely with Fairfax County on expanding the CDC to serve more children. Building renovations are underway and the CDC is seeking to hire additional staff. 
Merry Christmas  
May the Peace of Christ surround you this holiday season.