Giving Back

Holiday Giving and Volunteer Opportunities

Spread holiday cheer, peace and good will in your community this holiday season by donating or volunteering.


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Donate canned food items and household essentials to the Reston Community Food Drive  to benefit Cornerstones, a nonprofit organization, November 1 – 22. Follow link for drop off locations, hours and needed items. Volunteers also needed.

Blood Donors Needed

Donate blood to the American Red Cross by November 23 and receive a $10 Amazon gift card by mail. Donate between November 1-12 and be registered for a prize trip to Hawaii.  Make an appointment online. Volunteers also needed.

Wreaths Across America

Sponsor a “National Wreaths Across America” wreath to be placed at the grave of a departed member of the U.S. military services for $15 a wreath. November 1 – December 18. Volunteers also needed.

One Warm Coat

Donate a gently used or new winter coat for a person in need to One Warm Coat. Cash donations also accepted. Drop off your donation at J.Crew store and receive $25 off a $125 purchase now through December 26.

Toys for Tots

Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Fairfax County Fire Station between now and December 12 or make a donation online. Volunteers also neeeded.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

Ask your workplace about bringing Christmas cheer to a family in need as an Angel Tree sponsor. You can also be an individual sponsor for a child by providing a donation online. Volunteers also needed. Read details here. 

USPS Operation Santa

Register on this USPS site to read letters and select a child as an individual or a team to fulfill his or her Christmas wish. Not every child asks for a toy. Some ask for life’s essentials.

Northern Virginia Family Service

Donate funds, $25 gift cards to Target or Walmart, toys or volunteer for children and families experienciing homelessness, foster care, mental illness, poverty and other challenges. Learn more.


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