By Carla Branch
Spring For Alexandria was a four-day event this year and was wildly successful. It all began on May 2, with 24 hours of online giving. Alexandria nonprofits were the recipients of more than $324,000 in online donations. Thursday was the Generations of Giving gala, which was sponsored by ACT for Alexandria. This year’s honorees were retires Virginia State Senator Patsy Ticer and the Ariail family. They were recognized for their dedication to making Alexandria a better place to live.
On Friday, more than 30 teams of volunteers worked in various locations around Alexandria as part of Community Service Day. The volunteers came from businesses, civic organizations and City departments. They cleaned windows at Duncan Library, spruced up the grounds at several public schools, planted flowers along King Street and much more. The volunteers finished the day with a rally at Market Square where Mayor Bill Euille thanked them for their hard work.
Saturday was Lemonaide Day and a day of giving, which was sponsored by the Alexandria Jaycees. Kids Helping Kids Helping Kids Alexandria manned lemonade stands throughout Alexandria to raise money for nonprofit organizations that help kids. Since the organization’s founding in 2002, the young people have raised over $77,000 to help kids in Alexandria. The Jaycees accepted donations of clothing and household goods that will be distributed to those in need by various nonprofits throughout the City.