Thousands of hard-working men and women were recently furloughed due to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history of 35 days. Even though it was only temporarily, many families, especially those who call Stafford County their homes, were drastically affected. Not knowing when their next paychecks would be or if they would even get payed for the days that they did come into work, many government employees had to seek additional part time jobs just to support their families.
Last year, Potomac Point Winery donated over 500 pounds of food to S.E.R.V.E., an organization local to Stafford County, and this year we partnered up again with S.E.R.V.E. to help out those in need during the holiday season. S.E.R.V.E. was created in 1979 with a mission to help out Stafford County families in critical need of food, financial, and prescription assistance. Their efforts as well as the efforts of our community have helped alleviate some of the struggles our government employees were faced with this holiday season.
This year, we held our annual food drive for S.E.R.V.E. where we collected jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly to help out those furloughed government employees and others in need during this devastating time. We offered complimentary wine tastings to those who donated a large jar of Peanut Butter and Jelly leading us to collect a total of 513 pounds of food! We thank you for your contributions this past holiday season and we hope to keep supporting this amazing organization.
To find out more information about S.E.R.V.E. and how you can help out those in critical need of support please visit their website at www.serve-helps.org.