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Mrs. Alignay Goes to Washington
It’s every child’s and adult’s dream – walking into a winter wonderland made out candy.
A Gumball Christmas tree (made from 4,000 real gumballs), a 500 pound Gingerbread House, a 6-foot Teddy Bear, a giant snow globe that is actually a gumball machine with white gumballs, hundreds of vintage nutcrackers – some of them so huge they almost reach the ceiling! This was the scene I got to experience in the State Dining Room of the White House this past Wednesday.
WGTS 91.9 was invited as a media outlet to be a part of the First Lady’s nationwide initiative Joining Forces, which highlights some of the unique challenges military families face. It was an honor to be given the green light to attend, along with our Print Media Editor, Lisa Krueger.
It wasn’t all glamorous, though! After standing in the rain for almost an hour, we were escorted into some narrow hallways that seemed off the typical tour route. Here, we saw all the leftover greenery, decorations, and lights. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who has a garage that looks like this!
Once we made it into the State Dining room, we were able to hear speeches given in honor of military families to help raise awareness about the service, sacrifice, and their greatest needs. We learned the THREE priority areas of need are: Employment, Education, and Wellness.
Afterwards, the First Lady invited some of the military children to come meet the First Dogs “Bo & Sunny.”
This is an experience I’ll never forget, but most importantly, will help me remember those that serve our country faithfully, and who can’t be home with their families during the holidays.
Here are some of the highlights:
There are a lot of different ways we all can be involved in rallying around our service members and their families. For some ideas, check out: https://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces
Make a Drive-Thru Difference
You can help spread a little love around the DC area with a simple act of kindness. Learn how!
Say the Pledge
Have your kids, or classroom say the Pledge of Allegiance each morning with Jerry & Blanca!
Honoring Our Vets
Jerry and Blanca had a unique opportunity to meet some of our country’s finest and bravest this morning and hear their stories as they broadcasted live from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.
If you missed hearing any part of it, we were able to capture their stories on video for you to check out below. Please share, and let a veteran know today what they mean to you.
Central Union Mission
At any given moment there are as many as 12,000 men, women and children in the Washington area living without a home. Everyday there are people who are “falling through the cracks” of our society, ending up in shelters, in transitional housing or on the streets. Many of these people have often been hit with a job loss, illness, domestic violence or eviction-all things that could happen to any of us.
Most face not only homelessness, but an increasing sense of hopelessness.
Our work at Central Union Mission is to proclaim the Gospel, lead people to Christ, develop disciples and work to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the people we serve.
We display a gracious, sincere spirit of integrity and Christian love in everything we do. By displaying excellence in all aspects of this ministry, we honor God and inspire the people we serve, our community, donors, volunteers and staff.
What We Do
The lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children have been changed for the better by the Mission’s time-tested programs. The faithful and generous support of our donors makes it possible for us to:
Feed the hungry: We provide free meals at least three times every day and distribute free food and groceries through our Food Depot program.
Serve the poor: The mission serves homeless men, underprivileged families, women, children and youth, seniors, veterans, Hispanic families, and others in need.
Provide a place of rest: We provide a safe night’s sleep for overnight guests, and a 220-acre retreat and conference center for rest and recreation.
Give to those in need: Families and individuals rely on the Mission’s food assistance program in emergencies and as a steady source of food. In partnership with individuals, corporations and churches, the Mission distributes more than $5 million-worth of in-kind food, toiletries, clothing, household items and furniture each year.
Heal the brokenhearted: The mission operates an 18-month recovery program to restore once-broken men to productive lives.
Help needy children: Children are served through a number of community outreach programs, including meals with their families, a residential summer camp, and a program that provides free toys and clothes at Christmas.
Invest in others: The Mission’s free programs provide English language instruction, GED preparation, health consultations and vocational support.
Show we care: We celebrate the forgotten and friendless at programs and events throughout the year.
Britt Nicole with Jerry & Blanca
On Tuesday morning, Britt Nicole joined Jerry & Blanca on the morning show to update us on what’s new in her life. She shared how she loves being a mom of two children, just 18 months apart! Her youngest Aiden was born just this past February.
Britt’s music has touched fans young and old over the years with hit songs like The Lost Get Found, Walk On the Water, Ready or Not, and Gold, with an over-arching message that God loves you no matter what you’ve done. And she’s been able to expand her platform with some mainstream success as well. She shared how the song Gold came out of a place of doubt and low self-esteem, but wanted to use that experience to encourage young girls.
She’ll be joining tobyMac and Colton Dixon on the “This Is Not A Test” Tour coming to EagleBank arena November 14th. Learn more
tobyMac in Studio!
TobyMac stopped by to hang out with Blanca, Producer Spencer and Dina on the morning show! He shared his enthusiasm for his upcoming show in Fairfax on November 14th, and his new album featuring the new hit “Feel It.”
Of course, being a Northern Virginia native, Blanca had to find out what he was really like when he was growing up here, and being friends with Michael Tait. He reluctantly shared some things about his past that continue to haunt him to this day, but how he’s grateful for grace! And besides music, Toby has a real passion for his family. He and his wife made the incredible decision to adopt a few years ago, and he shared a little bit about that journey, and what led them to that decision.