Alexandria, VA – 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.
Join Holiday Sharing, and reach out to the neediest in our community by sponsoring a family, senior citizen or disabled individual, foster child or foster teen, and participate in the Alexandria Community Toy Drive.
Because many families will sign up for your help, the focus is primarily on family requests for necessities for children and a few toys. This will allow more donors to contribute desperately needed grocery store gift cards and clothing. The hope is, if you are able, that you will increase the number of families and seniors that you sponsor. There may also be one major or family gift requested that the whole family can enjoy. If you can fulfill that wish, it would be a wonderful bonus for the family.
It is strongly encouraged that you use the Holiday Sharing websites to sign up for your desired activities. Sign up for a sponsorship OR sign up to volunteer (Enter “Holiday Sharing” in the search box).
Monetary donations can be made online by credit card (American Express, VISA, Mastercard, Discover) .
Holiday Sharing Program
2525 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Kindly share the information with others who also want to help. The value of all your contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. You will receive a receipt in January. Feel free to call or email with your questions and concerns.
For more information, contact [email protected] or call 703.746.5663.
Thanks for supporting our Alexandria neighbors in the best spirit of the holidays.