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Generosity is Always in Fashion

Celebrating the holiday  season with service, time, talent or monetary donations for those less fortunate, is a meaningful way to enjoy the holidays and region. Bringing Christmas and holiday cheer to others is fun and easy to do in Northern Virginia.

We’ve put together this list of volunteering and giving opportunities for the holidays.

  1. Loudoun Cares maintains a calendar of Events and projects that are just looking for helping hands.  Loudoun Cares acts as a clearinghouse for various agencies, and you can find all kinds of opportunities to serve in Loudoun County and Fairfax County.
  2. The Salvation Army Bell Ringers are looking for volunteers to man the kettles in many areas.  You can also donate to the Thrift Store if you want to create a little space in your home before Santa visits.
  3. The Wish List Project is one week away from the drop off event. There are still over 150 kids hoping to have a few gifts to open this holiday. Most of the remaining individuals are from local area schools whose families are facing significant financial challenges. These kids mainly asked for basic clothing needs until they were encouraged to list a few toys or other fun things a child would enjoy. Please take a look at the list at http://wishlistangels.com/ and see if you can help brighten the holidays for someone in need.
  4. You can find other Volunteer Opportunities in specific areas by checking out https://www.volunteermatch.org/.
  5. Crossroads UMC provides many opportunities to support the homeless, the hungry and the hurting. Winter break often means many children who rely on school lunch go without food when they are away from school.  Help prepare and deliver food  to the homeless in DC.  Also UMC collects presents  through the Bells & Lights program. This is a great opportunity to give a child, family or individual a special something that will make them feel honored during the holidays.
  6. Check your local food banks or consider volunteering with the Capital Area Food Bank.
  7. Where else can you check? Local Rotary, Lion or other community organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Facebook is also a great resource for finding service opportunities in your neighborhood.

Know of a project or program within your community, group or church that is missing? Please drop a comment and let us and our readers know. Celebrating the good throughout the region is what NVSL is all about.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from NVSL Magazine!

Content by Linda Carducci

Edited by Jessica Monte

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