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2011 Giving List: Charities that need help in Northern Virginia


Center for Children and Families Holiday Sharing program

Sponsor a family or a disabled or senior resident and provide them with gifts. Register online by Dec. 2 to receive their wish list. Drop off donations Dec. 13-15 at the center, or deliver to recipients by Dec. 20. Volunteers are also needed to deliver gifts. Contact: Suzanne Kratzok.

Child and Family Network Centers
703-836-0214, Ext. 234

Classroom assistants are needed to contribute to preschool classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers are also needed to plan and host a holiday party for students in their classrooms. Contact: Kristin Thompson.

National Capital Area’s Holiday Project

Visit a nursing home and sing carols and hand out gifts. Team leaders are needed to start a group.


Arlington-Alexandria Coalition
for the Homeless

Sponsor clients of Sullivan House with gifts from their wish lists. To participate, fill out a form by Thursday and drop off donations Dec. 11 at AACH, 3103 N. Ninth Rd., Arlington. Contact: Lauren Barth.

Arlington County Department
of Human Services


Participants are needed for the Secret Santa Program, which provides kids in foster care, people with disabilities, low-income seniors and low-income families with gift cards. Drop off donations by Dec. 19. Contact: Kurt Larrick.

Arlington Food Assistance Center

The center will hold a Holiday Challenge food drive through Dec. 15. Two-pound bags of sugar or flour and eight to 15 ounces of cooking oil in plastic containers may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at 2708 S. Nelson St.

Community Residences
Musical equipment, an outdoor swing, recreation room items, gift cards, picture frames, Compact Photo Studio, mat cutters and mat boards for photos, sensory items for the back yard and a water cooler are needed. Contact: Rock Schuler.

Enterprise Development Group
The group seeks unwrapped gifts for children age 16 or younger. Drop off donations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 19 at ECDC building, 901 S. Highland St., Arlington. Contact: Chona Bravante.

Knights of Columbus in Arlington
Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to the homebound from 8 a.m. to noon and help serve food from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 5115 Little Falls Rd. Contact: Thom Galvin

USO of Metropolitan Washington
Digital cameras, children’s toys, patio items, books, cleaning supplies, office supplies, snacks, school supplies, travel-size toiletries, video games and gift cards are needed. Contact: Dawn Fincham.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s Residential Program Center
The center seeks belts, deodorant, combs, brushes, full-size shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, full-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, razors, lotions, lip balm, and other personal care items. Contact: Camille Simms.


Alternative House

The organization serves abused and homeless children and their families. It requests gift cards, personal hygiene items, clothing, cleaning supplies and linens. Visit Web site for complete list. Donations are accepted at 2100 Gallows Rd., Vienna.

Alzheimer’s Family Day Center

The center seeks new or used iPods, bingo prizes, iTunes gift cards, art supplies, postage stamps, plain copy paper and gift certificates to local grocery and office supply stores.

Food for Others

Items most needed include canned meats (ham, turkey, chicken, tuna and beef); peanut butter and jelly/jam; cans of soup, stew and chili; cereal; vegetables (fresh or canned); fruit (fresh or canned); beans (dried or canned); macaroni and cheese; pasta; pasta sauce; rice; fruit juice; and coffee and tea. Volunteer opportunities include sponsoring a food drive, helping in the warehouse, distributing food on weekday evenings and picking up food from retailers on weekdays.

703-237-2035, Ext. 110

Needs gift cards and household goods. For a list, visit the Web site.

Lorton Community Action Center

Money, nonperishable food, baby wipes, soy baby formula, cleaning supplies and other items are needed.

New Hope Housing
703-799-2293, Ext. 22

New gift items are needed for people in homeless shelters; call for suggestions. Gift cards for Wal-Mart, Target, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, grocery stores and fast-food restaurants are needed. Bring donations to New Hope Housing’s administrative office, 8407-E Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Northern Virginia Family Service

Various items are needed. See Web site for complete list.

Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources of Fairfax County

Donations are needed for families of incarcerated people. Items include gift cards from chain stores, clothing, umbrellas and raincoats, book bags, totes and cellphones.

Reston Interfaith

Helps connect clients to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, child care, food or financial assistance.

Shelter House

Needs include gift cards, items for babies, linens, kitchen supplies and regular-size personal hygiene items. See Web site for a complete list.


Holiday Coalition
703-737-8367, 703-737-8062

Items needed include new infant, toddler and children’s clothing and toys; pre-teen and teen gifts and clothing; gifts and clothing for seniors and adults with disabilities; cash and/or $10 gift cards.


Needs include canned meats, spaghetti sauce, canned fruits, flour, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, canned vegetables, canned juices, canned or powdered milk, soups and tuna. Toys, games, gift cards and other gift items for children of all ages are also needed. Cash donations may be sent to Link at P.O. Box 443, Sterling, Va. 20167.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief

Needs volunteers to help fill stockings and work in the Holiday Store. For needs, e-mail or call 703-737-8367. For information on filling stockings, e-mail or call 703-737-8062.

Toys for Tots campaign
The Leesburg and Loudoun County fire and rescue teams are collecting new and unwrapped toys. (Toys that resemble weapons or could be used as weapons will not be accepted.) Donations will be accepted from Tuesday through Dec. 20 at fire stations throughout the county. For information, call Rob Boyer at 571-258-3723, or e-mail Monetary donations can also be made online. Donations can also be dropped at a collection sites in Leesburg through Dec. 16. Sites are: Town Hall, 25 W. Market St.; Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St.; Leesburg Police Department, 65 Plaza St. NE; Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr. NW; and Leesburg Executive Airport, 1001 Sycolin Rd. SE.

Loudoun County Animal Service’s CARE program

Needs unopened packages of food, treats and toys for dogs, cats and small animals. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 15. See Web site for locations and hours of drop-off sites.

Salvation Army
The county office requests donations and grocery vouchers for Christmas meals for the needy and needs volunteers to ring bells countywide during its annual Kettle Drive. Organizations and individuals are needed for the Angel Tree program, providing Christmas gifts for needy children and seniors. Call Judy Brittle at 703-771-1060.

Operation Pinecone

Items needed to send care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait and military hospitals include notes of support; DVDs; plain, white T-shirts or shirts with sports team logos; board games; hand-held electronic games; puzzle books; snacks; hard candy; playing cards; and greeting cards for all occasions for the service members to use. Volunteers are also needed to help sort and pack them: 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Dulles South Multipurpose Center, 24950 Riding Center Dr., South Riding; 1:30-4 p.m. Dec. 11, VFW Post 1177, 401 Old Waterford Rd. NW, Leesburg. Monetary donations can be sent to Operation Pinecone, 43377 Hyland Hills St., South Riding, 20152.


Action in Community Through Service of Prince William (ACTS)
Seeks food, gift cards to grocery stores or gas stations, bus tokens, scarves, hats gloves and other outerwear and help with home heating fuel. Monetary donations can be made online or mailed to P.O. Box 74, Dumfries, Va. 22026.

Holiday Project

Volunteers needed to visit people in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and care facilities.

Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift program

Seeks gifts for children valued at no more than $50. Donors are asked to give two gifts per child. Movie passes and gift cards are also needed for teenagers. The programs also gives homebound senior citizens gift baskets filled with items such as card games, crackers, puzzles, hand creams and socks. Baby items such as diapers and wipes and infant clothing are also needed for teen moms.

Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center
The center, which is operated by Volunteers of America, needs holiday meals, gifts for children and adults, cleaning supplies, hats and gloves for children and adults and over-the-counter medicine. Cash donations are also accepted.

SERVE (Securing Emergency Resources Through Volunteer Efforts)
703-367-6726, 703-367-6742
Needs volunteer groups of six to 10 to prepare meals for 60 shelter residents Dec. 26 and 31 and Jan. 1 and 2. Volunteers will need to provide all the ingredients. Volunteers are also needed to do activities with children during the school holiday and to drive residents to appointments and interviews. Volunteers are needed to pick up donations for the food distribution center and to work at the shelter’s front desk. Contact Karen Horowitz or Jan Hawkins.

Streetlight Ministries
703-491-2288, Ext. 231

Needs nonperishable food items, toiletries, first-aid items, paper towels, sleeping bags and bus tokens. See Web site for complete list.


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