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UpsideDown Moments April Wrap-Up Newsletter


UpsideDown Moments Monthly Newsletter
 

April 2024

A fun festival, new team member, and donations galore!

 
April Events for UpsideDown Moments

April was a fantastic month for UpsideDown Moments! Our Loudoun Kidz Fest was a huge success, raising vital funds to support our mission! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we received an abundance of clothing donations to help us prepare for our upcoming Seasonal Blessings event, where we'll be providing essential items to over 200 children in need. Read on to learn more about the impact made in April. As we move into May, we're excited to continue making a positive impact in the lives of children and families in our community.

 

New Team Members Alert

Newest UpsideDown Moments Team Member- Madeline Petri

We're delighted to introduce Madeline Petru, the latest addition to our team at UpsideDown Moments! A devoted high school student and small business owner from Ashburn, Maddie brings her passion for transforming the lives of children in foster care to our organization. Taking charge of our Instagram account, she's on a mission to spread awareness and inspire change within our community. In her downtime, Maddie finds joy in reading, running, and crocheting. Welcome to the team Maddie!



 

Loudoun Kidz Fest raised needed funds for UpsideDown Moments

Celebrating Success: Recap of Loudoun Kidz Fest! 

We're thrilled to share the fantastic outcome of our recent Loudoun Kidz Fest event! It was a joyous occasion filled with laughter, games, and community spirit. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended and contributed to making the day a resounding success.

A big round of applause goes out to all our dedicated volunteers whose hard work and enthusiasm made the event possible. Your commitment to our cause is truly inspiring, and we couldn't have done it without you!

Special thanks to Loudoun School for Advanced Studies for generously opening their space to us, to Bach 2 Rock for providing the lively music that kept the atmosphere vibrant and upbeat throughout the day. We're grateful for the presence of Miss Loudoun County teen and Miss Arlington Teen,whose support added an extra touch of magic to the event. Thank you to Kona Ice of Frederick for sending out their Travelin Tom's Coffee Truck. We were also supported by our partners, the Loudoun County Department of Family Services and Vine and Fig Tree.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of our community, we're delighted to announce that we raised over $800 towards our mission. These funds will play a crucial role in helping us continue our efforts to support children in foster care, at-risk youth, and young adults transitioning out of the foster care system. Our community rocks!




 

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

At UpsideDown Moments, we're dedicated to spreading joy and comfort to children in need, and our recent donation to the Good Shepherd Alliance shelter is a testament to that commitment. With the support of our generous donors and volunteers, we were able to provide superhero-themed boxes from Capital One and Foster Love filled with goodies, cozy quilts for warmth donated by Station Stichers, and bags donated by Kids Give Back, to the 14 children currently residing at the shelter. It's our mission to bring a smile to their faces and offer a sense of security during challenging times. We're grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and look forward to continuing our efforts to uplift and support those in our community.


 

Volunteers helped sort clothing and essential items

A heartfelt thank you to all our incredible volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to our sorting day in April! Your hard work and commitment made a huge difference in organizing the clothing and essential items we provide to children in foster care, at-risk youth, and young adults who have aged out of the system. Your efforts ensure that each item finds its way to those who need it most, bringing comfort and support during challenging times. Thank you for being the heartbeat of UpsideDown Moments and for making a positive impact in our community.


 

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

Your Support Can Make A World Of Difference!

Community, we urgently need your help to support a young mother and her three children! Their current car has been beyond repair since November, forcing the mom to quit her job and withdraw her children from daycare. She has a job opportunity lined up. UpsideDown Moments has stepped in to cover the car insurance, but we need additional support. If you, your church, or other organization can help to pool funds together for this deserving mother to purchase a vehicle, it would make a world of difference. Simply click on our donation link and send us an email at UpsideDownMoments@gmail.com to let us know you intend for your donation to go towards the car fund.

Your donation can make a world of difference, providing her with the means to regain stability and support her family's needs. We want to express our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of support we've received so far. Thanks to your generosity, we've raised $1,100 towards our goal of $3,000! Let's reach our goal and support and show this family what our community can do!




 

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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.

 

A group of women collected and created essential cleaning item baskets

We extend our sincerest thanks to Beverly Appell and her incredible women's group for their generous donation of essential cleaning supplies. Their efforts in collecting and assembling laundry baskets filled with items like paper towels, laundry detergent, and dish soap will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we support. These thoughtful contributions ensure that families in need have access to the necessary resources for maintaining a clean and healthy home environment. Thank you for your kindness and dedication to uplifting our community!


 
Super Hero Boxes donated by Capital One and Foster Love

Thank You!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Capital One, in collaboration with Foster Love, for their generous donation of Super Hero Boxes. These thoughtful contributions will bring joy and comfort to the children we serve, providing them with much-needed support and encouragement. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to making a positive impact in our community!

 

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!

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 spring 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: May 4th 

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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