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Sallie Mae employees help make this Thanksgiving special for needy Virginia families


Contributions from employees and The Sallie Mae Fund total more than $26,000

RESTON, Va.—Sallie Mae employees gave Thanksgiving fixings to assemble 525 holiday meals for families in need in Northern Virginia. The Thanksgiving baskets were supplemented by grants from the company’s charitable organization, The Sallie Mae Fund, to help local families purchase a turkey or other items. Two leading area service organizations, Reston Interfaith and Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help), will distribute the baskets to area residents. Combined, the in-kind and cash contributions totaled more than $26,000.

“Our goal was to feed at least 450 area families this year, and we exceeded that goal,” said Erin Korsvall, director of community outreach, Sallie Mae. “Even in challenging economic times, Sallie Mae employees continue their strong tradition of giving back to our less fortunate neighbors.”

This year, employees were encouraged to consider themselves “Heroes” for the cause, following the theme of the popular television show. Inter-departmental competition heightened employees’ focus on the annual food drive and enhanced results. One employee opened bidding on having his head of hair shaved for the cause. His effort alone raised $2,500.

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people meet emergencies and short-term needs. The organization responds to requests for rent, transportation to medical appointments, furniture, utilities, medical items and other short term emergency needs, and through its call service connects residents to sources of assistance. FISH has assisted Herndon-Reston residents for over 38 years.

Reston Interfaith is a nonprofit organization serving Northern Virginia that promotes self sufficiency through support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other services. Founded in 1970 by area religious organizations, Reston Interfaith offered comprehensive programs for more than 13,000 individuals and families in Reston, Herndon, and the surrounding area last year.


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