The holiday time can be stressful for those experiencing financial or emotional stress. This is especially true for low-income families, older adults and children in foster care. Help support and bring holiday cheer to Alexandria residents in need through the Fund for Alexandria’s Child Holiday Sharing Program.
The Fund has identified 450 families, 100 older adults and adults with disabilities, and 120 children and youth in foster care who are eligible for the annual program, all of which are experiencing serious economic, medical and/or psychological distress.
Because of physical distancing restrictions and health risks due to the pandemic, this year’s program is focusing on specific ways to donate and support these families and individuals:
Sponsor children and teens in foster care, older adults and adults with disabilities, or a family by providing gift cards to designated grocery stores and businesses (learn more about guidelines around sponsorships)
Make a donation by credit card online to meet unfulfilled needs or wishes
Make a donation via check payable to “The Fund for Alexandria's Child” or to the “DCHS Senior Fund” and mail to: Holiday Sharing Program, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301
Ask family, friends and colleagues to join you in sponsoring
Ask an employer to match your contribution
People throughout Alexandria are working to adjust to the changes and stress associated with the COVID-19 crisis. With many families experiencing a loss or change of income this year due to the pandemic, the Fund has received an influx of referrals.
“We’ve made some changes this year to keep people safe,” says Fund Coordinator Krystal Fenwick, in reference to focusing on no-contact methods of support, “but one thing hasn’t changed: Our community needs to reach out and support people in need, especially during this holiday season.”
The program’s goal is to receive all gift cards and donations by November 13. All contributions are tax-deductible; receipts will be sent in January.
The Fund is made up of volunteers from all walks of life who want to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in Alexandria. Through family service specialists at the Department of Community and Human Services, the fund identifies children who are most at risk. Through fundraising events, the Fund collects and distributes gifts and other items to children and others in need. For more information about the Fund, the Holiday Sharing program, other ways to contribute or how to volunteer, visit alexandriava.gov/TheFundForAlexChild.