Media Release: Britepaths Seeks Donations to Help Fairfax County Area Families In Need for the Holidays

Contact: Lisa Whetzel,, 703.273.8829

FAIRFAX, VA (November 10, 2021) – Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking donations from the community to provide holiday meals and gifts for children for 500 Fairfax County area families in need.

Due to the pandemic, Britepaths is assisting families this year by distributing gift cards that will allow parents in families referred to us to purchase food and gifts for their children. Donations of funds or gift cards are greatly needed to ensure that all families will receive assistance.

To donate and learn more, visit Britepaths' Holiday Program page at Britepaths' new online donation form makes it easy for users to donate and also create their own donation campaigns to share with friends and colleagues. Checks or gift cards may be mailed to Britepaths at 3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please write "Holiday" in the check memo line. For more information, contact Britepaths at 703.273.8829 or

Staff at a number of Fairfax County Public Schools with which Britepaths partners referred families with demonstrated need to receive assistance. Participating schools are primarily in the Fairfax High School and Justice High School pyramids, serving families who live in the City of Fairfax, central Fairfax County, and the Annandale and Falls Church areas.

Britepaths’ Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “We are nearing the end of another year that has been difficult for so many of us, and especially challenging for families who are struggling from lost income, illness and other effects of the pandemic. It is a heartwarming feeling to know your act of kindness can make a big difference for our neighbors during such a trying time. We hope community members will be inspired to make the season brighter for hard-working families who may otherwise go without holiday meals and presents for their children.”

Britepaths is grateful to its Holiday Program sponsors, American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax and the Peterson Family Foundation.

Britepaths is in its 37th year of providing assistance and a way forward for struggling individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area. During the pandemic, Britepaths has been providing greatly enhanced Food and Financial Assistance services to Fairfax County area residents in crisis, as well as Virtual Financial Literacy, Job Readiness services and more via the Financial Empowerment Center at South County. Throughout the year, the organization relies on funding and volunteer support from businesses, individuals, community organizations and faith communities to provide services that: Stabilize Families: supplemental food and financial assistance; Build Resilience: Financial Education, Workforce Development, Network Up, Avenues to Career Training and a variety of FECSoCo services; and offer Supports for Children: Back to School, Food4Thought and Holiday assistance. More information is available at: