In the season of giving, spread holiday cheer, peace and good will in your community this holiday season by donating or volunteering. Here are some worthy causes…
Blood Donors Needed
Make an appointment to donate blood to the American Red Cross online. Volunteers are also needed. The McLean Community Center is hosting a blood drive in McLean, VA on December 17 and there are also other places you can give.
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 to place wreaths at Arlington Cemetery and other cemeteries on December 18.
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.