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Giving Thanks

WHS has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have found forever homes for thousands of pets, we have a dedicated staff of animal lovers, plus we have generous donors and wonderful volunteers and partners who support us year round. But what we are most thankful for are the animals. They are the life blood of this organization and now it’s our turn to give thanks to them for enriching our lives.

Please join us in giving thanks to these wonderful shelter animals. Here’s what you can do:

Sheriff's Office Launches Food Waste Composting Pilot Program

From the Arlington County Sheriff's Office:

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Department of Environmental Services has implemented a food composting pilot program at the Arlington County Detention Facility.  This new initiative will reduce the food waste that remains from the over 2,000 meals produced daily in the Facility.  The program has been in the planning stages since January 2010 and is now fully implemented to include everyone working and housed at the Detention Facility.  In the past four weeks, over 2 tons of compost has been collected.

This Saturday, Join Work It, Girl! Networking for its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble, Giveathon!

Work It, Girl! Networking is hosting its 1st Annual Gobble, Gobble Giveathon!

Briar Patch Donates Rooms for Veteran's Day

Reprinted with permission from Ashburn Patch -- Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in scenic Middleburg plans to offer free rooms to veterans as part of a nationwide promotion this week to honor those who have served our country.

B&Bs and inns across the country are providing free rooms on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor servicemen and women now serving or who have previously served time with one of the country's military forces.

Two B&B owners started the program in 2009. Both were members of the West Virginia B&B Association and this year the veteran program has expanded to include 49 states, 8 international locations and more than 850 Inns.

Two Washington Redskins Visit Local Elementary School

Claremont Immersion Elementary School of Arlington, VA had some special visitors today. Washington Redkins LB Brian Orakpo and RB Clinton Portis gathered in the elementary school’s packed gymnasium this afternoon. Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, was also present.

Why did Claremont Immersion Elementary have these NFL visitors? The school was selected as a NFL PLAY 60 Super School and received a check for $10,000 to go towards health, fitness, and nutrition activities, as well as programs and equipment. Faculty and students screamed and jumped with excitement when the NFL presented the school with the large check.

'Tis the Season for Giving

On Friday, Giant Food donated $10,000 to Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), a community based organization dedicated to help every homeless person in Arlington County get off the streets and live a better life.

Giant presented the check on Friday at Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington. During the remainder of the day, A-SPAN gave 5 presentations and “mini-walks” to help elementary school students learn about what the organization does and how the kids can help. A-SPAN’s efforts help support the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program, so these "mini-walks" were a smaller version of the Fannie Mae Walk for the Homeless, which will talk place on the National Mall on November 20.

Arlington Family Inspires 5K Fundraiser for Pediatric Brain Cancer

The following was sent to us by Lisa Marie Czop of Brotman Winter Fried Communications:

Arlington, VA – In 2008, Arlington, VA native Alexis Agin was just a typical two-year-old girl; she loved all things pink and sparkly and always keeping her parents busy chasing after her. But after a routine trip to the doctor, Alexis was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a pediatric brain cancer where 95% of children do not live a year past diagnosis.  Alexis is still fighting more than two years later, unfortunately, her struggle continues to worsen and she is left without treatment options at this time.