“When you are truly sharing with no expectation of your kindness being returned, it doesn’t matter whether you get credit. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. Your spirit is expanded by anonymous generosity.” - Anonymous
Holiday Sharing 2020
Help our families enjoy the holiday season by providing them with Holiday gifts and meals!
Financial and emotional stress dampen the holiday cheer of our neighbors in need. This is especially true this year. For more than two decades, with your help, the Holiday Sharing Program has helped ensure a joyous holiday for Alexandria’s low-income families, struggling seniors and children in foster care.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic there are some significant changes to our Holiday Sharing Program this year.
One thing that has not changed: Our community needs you!
Please reach out to support our community. You can bring happy holidays to people that need us the most by joining our program to Sponsor a Family, Senior Citizen or Disabled Individual, Foster Child, or Foster Teen. In an effort, to keep our clients, volunteers and staff safe, this year only we are asking for gift cards exclusively.
There are 450 families, 100 seniors/disabled adults and 120 youth in care who need you!
As in the past, there are several ways in which you can participate:
- Sponsor a Family, Senior Citizen or Disabled Individual, Foster Child, or Foster Teen: Sign up for sponsorships.
- Make a credit card donation online so that any unmet wishes or needs may be fulfilled
- Make a donation via check made payable to The Fund for Alexandria's Child, or to the DCHS Senior Fund, should then be mailed to: Holiday Sharing Program: 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301
- Ask family, friends, and colleagues to join you in sponsoring
- Ask your employer if they would match your contribution
The value of all your contributions is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. You will receive a receipt in January.
Please feel free to call or email with your questions and concerns. Thanks for supporting our Alexandria neighbors in the best spirit of the holidays.
Many, Many Thanks!
The Fund for Alexandria’s Child Stay at Home Gala
The Fund for Alexandria’s Child Stay at Home gala was quite the success! The one-hour program raised over $54,000 thanks to incredible sponsors and community members. Thank you to everyone who participated or contributed.
Our Fostering the Future signature event has been held each spring for the past 17 years, but this year we went forward with our first-ever virtual event. Though we could not all come together in person for the gala, we still had the opportunity to connect to our supporters, social workers, resource parents and other community members located across Alexandria and beyond.
Who We Are
The Fund for Alexandria's Child is made up of volunteers, people like you, from all walks of life who want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community. Through family service specialists at the Department of Community & Human Services, we are able to identify children in need and enrich the lives of children in our community who are most at risk. We plan fundraising events, help with the collection and distribution of gifts and other items for the children, and offer our expertise to fulfill our charge: helping Alexandria's foster children and those at risk of experiencing abuse and neglect.
Because of the generosity of our Alexandria neighbors, we can proudly say that we are a community "taking care of our own."
Council Co-Chairs, Samantha Zaleski and Lindsay Houff
How You Can Help
Year-Round Giving Opportunities
The Advisory Council depends heavily on the generosity of local businesses, faith groups and individuals who donate money, goods and services in support of our fundraising events or year-round as needs arise. Donations are tax-deductible. Please consider volunteering, becoming an event sponsor or making a financial contribution.
Consider an Honorary or Memorial Donation
The Fund would be honored to receive a contribution in honor or in memory of a loved one who cared about the well-being of our most vulnerable children. Donate by sending a check to the Fund for Alexandria's Child, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301. The donor and the person/family being honored will be notified when contributions are received.
Consider a Donation of Stocks
Donors may also choose to contribute Stock in lieu of a cash donation. The benefit to the donor is the savings of capital gains tax and also the receipt of a full charitable deduction for the value of the stock at the time of the gift. Please call 703.746.5663 for further information.