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Nonprofit to host Christmas meals, toy distribution event in Reston

A toy and meals distribution event is set for tomorrow (Photo courtesy BetterALife).

A new distribution center at the Cathy Hudgins Community Center at Southgate (12125 Pinecrest Road) in Reston will bring the Christmas spirit alive this holiday season.

Better a Life, a nonprofit organization that aims to support children and families in need, will host a Christmas meals and toy distribution event at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

The nonprofit organization has been providing food to families in need every Wednesday at noon. It has also offered support to two Reston elementary school by providing meals over the weekend and essential items, such as blankets.

“We invite you to join us this Saturday to witness firsthand the tremendous need that exists in the Reston community and the efforts we are making to address local child hunger,” BetterALife CEO and founder Elizabeth Ford said. “Together, we can make a difference and bring hope to those who need it the most.”

A longtime Reston resident, Ford founded Better a Life in response to her experiences with poverty and food insecurity as a child, according to the organization’s website.

She and her mother moved several times due to evictions. After dropping out of high school and obtaining her GED, she worked table-waiting jobs to sustain herself financially. Eventually, she went to college online and earned a degree in information technology, making a commitment to help children in need.

Tomorrow’s distribution event will involve handing out meals, winter coats and toys. Local volunteers are encouraged to attend.

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