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January 2014 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

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ACCA's Mission  
The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), is a non-profit coalition of 26 Annandale-area churches which has been helping the needy in our community for more than 44 years. To learn more about ACCA, visit our website at  

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be on 
  February 4 at

St. Alban's Episcopal

6800 Columbia Pike  

Annandale, VA


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

ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

AUMC - Immanuel Campus

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 

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    

Team Scores Donation for Food Pantry 

Judy and Woody Woodburn of Woodburn &  Associates, Inc. stand next to the new commercial refrigerator they helped procure for the Food Pantry.
The ACCA Food Pantry received a donation in the form of a new 48 cu. ft. commercial refrigerator in December, thanks in part to Judy and Woody Woodburn, local owners of Woodburn & Associates, Inc., a commercial kitchen planning firm. The Woodburns worked with Mike Coyle, sales manager at Continental Refrigerator in Bensalem, PA, who donated the refrigerator. Stefanie Graves of Alto-Hartley, Inc. in McLean, VA and Dennis Johnson of Custom Metals of Virginia in Manassas coordinated the delivery and installation of the refrigerator. Thanks to this terrific team effort, the Food Pantry has reliable cold storage for perishable foods. We are deeply grateful.  

Challenge Grant Update  

The annual ACCA Challenge Grant Campaign is seeking to raise $156,000 by February 28. Our goal is to raise $3 for every $1 of the challenge. Can you help?  


If you were busy or traveling over the holidays, there is still time to contribute to the campaign. Funds will be used to help local families in need. With your help, we are able to prevent evictions, keep the utilities on, and provide food, medications, and essential household furnishings. Like the Good Samaritan, ACCA helps those facing a crisis, without regard to race, color, or creed. ACCA also provides quality child care to low income families through the Child Development Center. Help us meet our ambitious goal by making an online donation through the Catalogue for Philanthropy, or by sending a check to the ACCA Challenge Grant, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22001.

Food Pantry  

December was a busy month, with 122 deliveries of food to assist 443 individuals. In addition, 30 Christmas baskets were given out. Requests for food deliveries have increased since the same time last year. Various factors may have contributed, including the reduction in SNAP (food stamp) benefits.


Due to all the requests, the pantry is low on jelly, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, bags of rice, crackers, dried beans, cookies, Jell-O, pudding mixes and canned meats.

Stuff the Bus for the ACCA Pantry!

ACCA will participate in a county-wide effort to replenish local food pantries. Stuff the Bus: Helping Fairfax Families, begins Jan. 18, the weekend leading up to the Margin Luther King Day of Service, and continues until President's Day, Feb. 17. Each week, a Fastran bus will park at a different location and collect food donations to be given to local nonprofits to help them restock their shelves.  


On Saturday, Feb. 1, shoppers at Giant, 7137 Columbia Pike in Annandale, will have an opportunity to Stuff the Bus to benefit the ACCA Food Pantry. Volunteers will collect the donations between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Family Emergency Assistance

emergemcy In December, ACCA assisted 42 households, providing more than $27,000 in assistance to make rent, utility, medical and other essential payments. Among those served was a woman who had been hospitalized due to diabetes. She needed to refrigerate her medications, but was unable to pay her electric bill. ACCA paid the bill so the electricity would not be shut off. In another case, the client was unemployed and her gas bill was overdue. ACCA prevented the gas from being shut off. We also assisted a client who lost her job after exhausting her family medical leave while caring for her mother who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Thank you ACCA supporters, on behalf of all who were served.

Furniture Ministry

bed The ACCA Furniture team provided essential furniture to 30 households including 22 children in December. Thanks to all the volunteers who participated in pickups and deliveries.

Share the Warmth Clothing Collection 
Do you have a closet full of coats, hats, or jackets you no longer wear? ACCA is collecting warm winter outer wear for distribution to day laborers and residents at Baily's Crossroads Community Shelter. We are seeking donations of new or gently worn jackets and coats, hooded sweat shirts, heavy sweaters, stocking type hats, gloves and heavy scarfs.


Churches interested in participating in the February clothing drive may call the Di Spiritos at (703) 256-9513 or email or to schedule a pickup during the day or evening, between Feb. 3 and Feb. 6. The last pick up will be at St. Michael's on Thursday evening, Feb. 6, from 7 - 8:15 p.m. The items collected will be distributed on Friday, February 7.

Child Development Center  
The Annandale Vol. Fire Department visited the Child Development Center this month. The 3- and 4-year-old classes were treated to a fire safety puppet show. Click the photo above to see more recent events and happenings at the CDC.