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May Wrap-Up Newsletter

May 2024

A successful donation event, new team member, and many kids in need supported!

 
May Events for UpsideDown Moments

May was filled with remarkable achievements! Our Seasonal Blessings event was a success. Plus, we're thrilled to welcome a new team member on board! Your donations for our special request items have been overwhelming. Thank you for your unwavering support! Read ahead to learn more about what we were up to during the month of May.

 


New Team Member Alert

Newest UpsideDown Moments Team Member- Madeline Petri

Introducing Theresa Fassig Normil! A proud resident of Aldie, VA, Theresa is a devoted mother to a high school senior and sophomore, both growing up quickly. Her passion for community service runs deep, instilled not just in herself but also in her children. Together, they've made a difference globally, from establishing a Parent-Teacher Association in Doha, Qatar, to fostering dogs in need. With experience in federal government contracting, Theresa brings valuable skills to our team from her role with a professional services technology company. As the Seasonal Blessings Coordinator for UpsideDown Moments, she expertly manages sorting, logistics, and planning for the event. Outside of her professional pursuits, Theresa enjoys shuttling her kids to events, savoring live performances, and exploring new destinations from her ever-expanding bucket list. Welcome, Theresa!


 

9th Annual Fundraiser Mini Sessions

Book you session now to support UpsideDown Moments!

We're excited to announce UpsideDown Moments has been chosen by three incredible photographers as the charity for their annual mini-session fundraiser! Second Ave Photography, Jamie Romaezi Photography, and Fluttering Shutter Photography will each be offering mini sessions on June 22 at Claude Moore Park. For just $150, you'll enjoy a 15-minute photo session with one of these talented photographers, and all proceeds will go towards UpsideDown Moments. 100% of your contribution will help provide essential support to children in foster care, at-risk youth, and young adults transitioning to independence. Don't miss this opportunity to capture memories while making a meaningful difference in our community. Book your session now and let's create lasting impacts together!

How it works: Booking is a simple two step process. You will first pay $150, all of which goes directly to UpsideDown Moments mission. You will then receive a confirmation email providing you with a link to select your photographer and session time.




 

UpsideDown Moments was able to receive needed items to Good Shepherd Alliance's shelter

A round of applause for our Volunteer of the Month, Wendy Ligon, whose dedication knows no bounds! Wendy went above and beyond the call of duty by driving over an hour to provide a last-minute makeup session for a girl's quinceañera. Her willingness to step up and lend a helping hand at a moment's notice is truly commendable and embodies the spirit of volunteerism. Wendy's selflessness and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others are an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Wendy, for your dedication and for being a shining example of kindness and generosity in our community!


 

Bags full of clothing to hand out for the Seasonal Blessings Event

What a remarkable day it was at our Seasonal Blessings event, graciously hosted by Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon! Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, we were able to provide over 4,500 pieces of clothing to those in need. Each child and teen left with at least a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing, ensuring they are dressed comfortably and confidently as they navigate their daily lives. In total, we served over 150 individuals, making a profound impact on their lives and well-being. A massive thank you to everyone who donated clothing, dedicated their time to sorting and packing bags, and assisted on the day of the event. Your unwavering support is what makes events like these possible! Special appreciation to John Marshall Bank for supplying the bags that made it all possible!


 

Seeking donations for a mother and her children to purchase a reliable vehicle

Make a house a home!

We're on a mission to furnish a 3-bedroom house in Round Hill, VA, and we need your help before the second week of June! From beds to couches to dining tables and more, every item makes a difference in creating a comfortable and welcoming space for these deserving young adults. Additionally, we're looking to stock their pantry with essential food items to ensure they have everything they need to thrive. If you have any of these items available for donation, please check out our Signup Genius for more details.

Your generosity will truly make a difference in their lives as they embark on this new chapter. Let's show them the power of community support!



 



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Learn about our newest initiative- "Vehicles Empowering Hope"

You can support our "Vehicles Empowering Hope" program through a variety of ways. We are currently seeking repair shops and towing companies interested in parterning. Additionally, we are seeking driving schools or other qualified individuals to assist former foster youth in acquiring their driver's liscense. If interested please fill out the form via the button below and indicate how you are interested in helping. Additionally, donations are always welcome in order to cover the costs of the program.

 

Kyrus Charities 4th Annual Golf Tournament

We're thrilled to announce that UpsideDown Moments has been selected as one of the nonprofits supported by the upcoming Kyrus Charities 4th Annual Golf Tournament on September 6th. This exciting event promises a day of camaraderie, competition, and philanthropy, all aimed at making a positive impact in our community. As a beneficiary of this tournament, UpsideDown Moments will be in attendance to share our mission and connect with fellow supporters. We're incredibly grateful to Kyrus Charities for their generosity and commitment to making a difference, and we look forward to a fantastic day on the green in support of our cause. See you there!


 
Super Hero Boxes donated by Capital One and Foster Love

Thank You!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who generously contributed to making the birthday of a teen in foster care extra special! Your kindness and support have truly made a difference in his life, and we are incredibly grateful for your generosity. Thanks to your thoughtful donations, he received fantastic items like headphones and Nike gear, which he'll surely enjoy for a long time to come. Your generosity has brought joy and happiness to his special day, and we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and compassion.


Check out our Amazon Wishlist to see other specially requested items and essentials.

 

A special birthday celebration just for kids in Loudoun County Foster Care

Birthday Celebration for Loudoun County Children In Foster Care

All children in foster care from ages 0 to 12 are invited to join us for a fun-filled celebration! Please share with foster parents!

Drop-offs are welcome, so parents can have a well-deserved break for two hours while the children enjoy games, crafts, and delicious treats in a safe and nurturing environment.

Supervision is provided by experienced and trauma-informed caregivers. 

If your child has a summer birthday, please let us know in advance so we can ensure they receive their own special celebration and gift.

We kindly ask that you RSVP to this email: UpsideDownMoments@gmail.com

This will help us plan for the event accordingly.

Event Details: 

Date: August 3rd 

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location: Party A La Kart 44799 Saranac St. Ashburn, VA 20147


We look forward to celebrating with you and your child at our upcoming birthday party! If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.




 

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