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Matilde Alvarado (right), director of the Mother of Light Center in Alexandria, hands a box of food to Marian Reig, a volunteer.  ZOEY MARAIST  | CATHOLIC HERALD
The Mother of Light Center in Alexandria was founded in 2019 by local Catholics looking to serve the poor.  ZOEY MARAIST  | CATHOLIC HERALD
Potatoes for the needy are stored near the Visitation Chapel at the Mother of Light Center warehouse in Alexandria. ZOEY MARAIST  | CATHOLIC HERALD
Volunteer Duane Shields loads bags into a volunteer’s car for distribution. ZOEY MARAIST  | CATHOLIC HERALD
Campers at Reach for the Stars, including Gabriela Arias (left), 6, Jennifer Cristina Tercero, 8, Zoe Murillo Sosa, 8, and Stefani Rodriguez, 7, make a colorful thank you note. ZOEY MARAIST  | CATHOLIC HERALD
Gabriela Arias (center), 6, takes the soccer ball down the field at Reach for the Stars, a summer program for Mother of Light Center clients. ZOEY MARAIST  | CATHOLIC HERALD
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