'Tis the season to give. These Mount Vernon area nonprofits are in need of donations this holiday season so they can continue to help at-risk and low-income families in our area. Help brighten a family's holiday and take a look at the list of needs below.
New Hope Housing needs help with the following: Christmas food baskets; grocery gift cards (Safeway, Shoppers, Giant); adopt a family for Christmas (wish lists are available); adopt a single adult. New Hope Housing works with at-risk and low-income families on the Richmond Highway corridor. Contact Chris Bramante at email@example.com.
United Community Ministries recently distributed more than 23,000 pounds of food to more than 800 families. The demand has exhausted its food supply, so UCM is requesting food donations. Here's how you can help: Take food donations to UCM's 7511 Fordson Road location Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items most-needed in the pantry are canned meat and tuna, soups, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, and tomato sauce. UCM is also accepting toys and gifts for children and youth ages newborn to 15 by Dec. 3. Contact Marcos Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-255-8979.
Rising Hope Mission Church is kicking off its Christmas Basket campaign to give needy families a holiday meal. The following items may be donated to the Rising Hope Food Pantry:
- Jarred gravy
- Chicken broth
- Mac and Cheese/Pasta
- Corn Bread
- Canned Fruit and veggies
- Boxed dessert
- Chicken, turkey, ham
Rising Hope’s goal is to get 350 baskets by Dec. 17. For more info, email Sarah Heckman at email@example.com.
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is accepting donations of the following items: gift cards to local grocery stores, Target, and Walmart; Boys and girls, toddler to teen size new undergarments. Donations may be dropped off at the Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services offices in the Mount Zephyr Business Complex. For more information, contact Betsy Damitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-768-9404 x123.
Do you know of any local churches or organizations in need of donations or volunteers this holiday season? Post them in the comments section below.