The demand for our services has really not decreased at all, Inman said. Through the organizations outreach in Loudoun public schools, weve been able to identify a lot of new families that need our services, Inman said. Its a great opportunity that we have through the school system to let people know that were here, and the response is significant. Last year, Loudoun Interfaith Relief served nearly 82,000 people from more than 20,000 households, Inman said. The number shows no sign of waning this year; an average of about 7,000 people seek assistance each month. Loudoun Interfaith is planning to distribute Thanksgiving baskets to about 1,500 families. Each basket will include traditional Thanksgiving food: stuffing, potatoes, gravy and cranberries. Weve also been able to raise enough to give all of our families a $10 gift card to help purchase a turkey, Inman said. Other organizations in the area are operating similar programs. At Action in Community Through Service, about 1,100 families signed up to receive a package of Thanksgiving side dishes and a $10 gift card, said Kelly Lindquist, who organizes the groups food pantry. The organization serves eastern Prince William. About 860 families are expected to receive a comparable holiday basket from SERVE, a primary provider of food assistance in Prince William. Director Andrea Zych said SERVE has seen an increase in the number of hungry families every year for decades.
Prince William invited to Manipur polo tourney
Organized by the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA), the mega event is being held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first modern polo exhibition match between a Manipuri polo team and a British team in Kolkata in March 1864. A formal invitation has been recently sent to Prince William requesting him to attend next year’s mega event here, MHRPA president S Budhachandra Singh told TOI on Thursday. “We will also invite at least six foreign teams to take part in the event for which a decision will be taken by the association soon,” Budhachandra, who is a retired IAS officer , said. He said the state government is likely to take necessary steps to ensure that the historic Mapal Kangjeibung is declared a world heritage site. Polo, which is regarded as symbol of peaceful co-existence between man and animal, is said to have originated in Manipur. According to the 1991 Guinness Book of World Records, the origins of polo can be traced back to 3100 BC when people in Manipur state played the sport as Sagol Kangjei (horse stick). The 7th edition of ‘Manipur Polo International’ concluded at Mapal Kangjebung – regarded as the oldest polo ground in the world – on Thursday. The final match was played between a team from the US and one from Manipur. Five teams – two from India and one each from the US, Germany and Thailand – took part in the tournament this year. The tournament was held as part of the ongoing Sangai festival, the biggest state-sponsored tourism festival in Manipur. Meanwhile, chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said sufficient budget would be allocated for preserving the rare Manipuri ponies, known as ‘original polo pony’. The MHRPA is currently manning a pony breeding farm at Lamphelpat here with the primary aim to ensure that the animal does not become extinct. During a visit of the proposed Pony Sanctuary Park at Ibudhou Marjing Polo Complex at Heingang area in Imphal East on Wednesday, the CM said that the pony sanctuary development work has began after the state government gave its nod. Currently, the park development work is on in a 23.5 acre area.