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Charitable Giving

It’s that time when we think about celebrating the end of another year and showering our loved ones with presents. But take a moment to pause and remember those who may not be in as fortunate circumstances as us.

While volunteer opportunities are limited, many organizations are still in great need of donations. I’ve compiled a list of local groups that could use your help! (And while you’re at it, think about setting up a monthly or quarterly donation to support them all year long. Usually this takes as little effort as checking an option on the online form). Click on the name to go to the website for each organization to see what household items they might also accept.

Thank you in advance and thank you to everyone who supported our toy and food drives this week!

Lorton Community Action Center

Mission: “To enhance the quality of life by providing food, basic needs, and self-sufficiency programs through the generous support of our community. LCAC's goal is to break the cycle of poverty and prevent homelessness. We do this through a variety of services and programs.”

LCAC's most immediate needs are :

  • Pasta (any kind)

  • Canned pasta sauce

  • Canned diced tomatoes

  • Canned fruit

  • Children’s snacks (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc)

  • Size 6 diapers

Shelter House

Mission: “To prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence by engaging the community, building effective relationships and providing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services.”

Echo (Springfield)

Mission: “The purpose of Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), Inc. is to assist people in need in our community, those who suffer the effects of long-term poverty as well as those who are experiencing an emergency financial need. To that end, we provide food and financial assistance to help families or individuals through a crisis. We offer access to donated clothing, school supplies, and household goods such as bed linens, cookware, and small appliances to ease the burden of those who struggle with long-term low income. We conduct a large holiday meal program for families and a Christmas gift program for children.”

Bethany House

Mission: “The mission of Bethany House of Northern Virginia is to provide a safe place of healing for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. While providing confidential, secure shelter, counseling, life-skills training, and transition support, we share the knowledge and love of Christ - the only true "safe place" and provider of every need.”

Immediate Needs:

  • Monetary Donations

  • Grocery Gift Cards (Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Aldi, CVS)

  • Gas Cards

  • Clothing Gift Cards (WalMart, Target, Ross, Marshall's)

  • Toilet Paper

  • Paper Towels

  • Body Lotion

  • Deodorant (Men/Women)

  • Trash Bags (Kitchen size and 30 gal.)

  • Dish Soap

  • Cleaning Supplies (Fabuloso, Pinesol, bleach, Lysol wipes)

  • Body Wash

Second Story

Mission: “Second Story transforms the lives of children, youth and their families by providing safe havens and opportunities for them to grow and thrive. Our programs provide support at critical turning points in their lives.

Though these safe spaces are the first step, we also work closely with youth and families to help them achieve their goals and work toward self-sufficiency, breaking cycles of homelessness, abuse, and poverty. All of our programs are located in Northern Virginia, though depending on the circumstance youth outside of our community can receive support as well.”

Doorways for Women and Families

Mission: “At Doorways, we envision a community where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. That’s why we work to transform the lives of adults, youth and children who are facing homelessness or suffering abuse in our community. Through the generosity of our partners and supporters, we help our most vulnerable neighbors survive crisis, rebuild their lives and achieve brighter futures.”

Northern VA Family Service

Mission: “To empower individuals and families to improve their quality of life, and to promote community cooperation and support in responding to family needs.”

Food for Others

Mission: “Our mission is to distribute food to our neighbors in need by mobilizing our giving community and volunteers.”

Most Needed:

  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Spaghetti Sauce

Gracing Spaces

Click here for list of home goods they accept:

Mission: “Gracing Spaces, a ministry of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, furnishes apartments for families transitioning out of homeless shelters. We work with non-profits such as FACETS, Fairfax County Public Schools, and many others to provide basics of living. We "Grace" each space with furniture, beds, kitchen items, pictures, shower curtains, rugs, bedspreads and more to make an apartment a home. We load our truck with HOPE for each family and an opportunity to begin a new life together in Fairfax County.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

Mission: “Catholic Charities brings hope to those in need by providing them with the basic necessities of everyday living as well as the transformational tools and resources necessary for independent living.”