Holiday Sharing to Benefit Alexandria Children, Families, Seniors in Need

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Community Help Needed — Holiday Sharing Program Makes it Easy

For a small charge on your credit card or via your checkbook, you can change someone’s holiday.

The Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) invites the public to make the 2017 holiday season brighter for the most vulnerable members of our community — low-income families, foster children, seniors and residents with disabilities.

Through the annual Holiday Sharing program, coordinated by the Fund for Alexandria’s Child, sponsors purchase gifts for eligible families and individuals, which are distributed by DCHS staff and volunteers. Gifts of household necessities, clothing, toys and gift cards help ensure that no Alexandrians are left without during the holidays.

This month, volunteers will register more than 700 families in need of assistance. Last year, DCHS assisted 803 families, 194 seniors and persons with disabilities, and nearly 100 children in foster care. Thousands of donated items, and $16,000 in gift certificates and grocery cards were distributed.

Residents can sign up to sponsor or sign up to volunteer (Enter “Holiday Sharing” in the search box). Monetary donations can be made via credit card (Amex, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover) here.

Make donation checks payable to The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, or to the DCHS Senior Fund, and mail to:

Holiday Sharing Program

2525 Mount Vernon Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22301

This holiday season, indications point to an increased number of families registering for assistance. The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is a program within the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, which works to enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable children in our community. The value of any contribution is tax-deductible.

For more information about Holiday Sharing, contact Krystal Fenwick at 703.746.5663, email holidaysharing@alexandriava.gov or visit www.alexandriava.gov/HolidaySharing.