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Democracy Prevails!

Inauguration Day – January 20, 2021
President Joe Biden
Vice President Kamala Harris

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Photos were captured from PBS live streaming.

Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge.
Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy.
The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded.
We have learned again that democracy is precious.
Democracy is fragile.

And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.

Joseph R. Biden
January 20, 2021

Join Noteworthy Virtual Events This Evening – January 27, 2021

Have an early dinner this evening because there are 2 noteworthy virtual events that appear to be worth your time! Perhaps you could squeeze both in. Registration, which is required for each event, can be made via the following links:

  • 7:05 p.m. Spanberger Central Virginia-focused town hall will be this evening, Wednesday, January 27, from 7:05pm-8:05pm. Join her for a virtual event focused on the issues facing Central Virginia families, businesses, healthcare providers, schools, and communities: https://spanberger.house.gov/live/

MLK Day of Service

Successful Food Drive

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Over two tons of non-perishable items were collected by Orange County Democrats for distribution to clients of the Love Outreach Food Pantry and the Lions/Lioness Wilderness Food Pantry in the county on the 2021 MLK National Day of Service. The Food Drives were an opportunity to support our community and help address food insecurity exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic in the county.   There is no single face of food insecurity as it affects all ages, ethnicities, and household compositions. The National Day of Service celebrates and honors the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Volunteers from the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club assembled near the entrance to the development and were kept busy between 9:00 and 1:00  as they collected $420 and received and sorted over 3000 pounds of donations that were then trucked to the Wilderness Food Pantry in the Locust Grove Town Center on Rt. 20.

Orange County Democratic Committee volunteers staffed the Love Outreach Food Pantry in the Town of Orange where over 1000 pounds of donations were received. They extended their original schedule to receive additional donations.  The Love Outreach Food Pantry is located at 252 Blue Ridge Drive, Orange.

Volunteers also included members of The Youth (Orange County High School Young Democrats Club) and a student fulfilling her community service requirement.

Though the shelves and storage of the pantries may be well stocked now, please consider them for future donations, particularly while the economy is floundering, and the Coronavirus is restricting fulltime employment.

Thanks to the outstanding leadership of Jen Heinz, Rick Clore, and Ellen Wessel for organizing, staffing, and publicizing the Orange County Democrats’ 2021 MLK Day of Service.

Food Drive on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 18: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Orange County Democratic Committee and the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club are sponsoring a food drive at two locations on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy as a civil rights leader.   Let’s get behind this community service project to serve our neighbors who are struggling, especially in this time of economic hardship exacerbated by the pandemic.  All non-perishable foods are welcomed. Each location has listed items specifically needed.

Love Outreach Food Pantry 
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop off location: 252 Blue Ridge Drive, Orange, VA  22960
Phone: (540) 223-6674

Items needed: pancake mix; syrup; cereal; rice; peanut butter; jelly; canned meats, vegetables, fruit; mustard; mayonnaise; ketchup; pasta noodles; spaghetti sauce; sizes 5 & 6 disposable diapers

Wilderness Food Pantry (for Lake of the Woods residents only)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop off location:  By LOW’s front gate in the security parking area

Items needed: crackers; canned hearty soups; canned vegetables and fruit; boxed cereal; pudding and fruit cups; condiments; Hamburger Helper.

LOW residents, if you want to contribute but cannot make it on Monday, please contact Jen Heinz at 703-508-1104 to arrange to drop off your donation in advance.