Help Fairfax County Area Families In Need for the Holidays

Fairfax Charity Seeks Public's Help to Provide Holiday Meals and Gifts
to Fairfax County Area Families in Need this December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Lisa Whetzel, lwhetzel@britepaths.org, 703.273.8829

FAIRFAX, VA (November 29, 2018) – Fairfax-based non-profit Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) is seeking individuals, families, companies and community groups to assist 800 individuals and families in need who reside throughout the Fairfax County area for the December holidays.


Community members may help by “sponsoring” a family to provide a December Holiday meal and/or gifts for children under 18. Donations of funds or gift cards are also greatly needed to assist those who are not sponsored.

Those wishing to “sponsor” families should register by December 14. Other ways to help include providing corporate sponsorships, cash donations or donating grocery store or Target or Walmart gift cards to be distributed to families who are not matched with sponsors. Information and links to register and donate are available at britepaths.org. Checks and gift cards may be mailed or delivered to Britepaths at 3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information about the Holiday Program, contact Britepaths at 703-273-8829 or jwalton@britepaths.org.

Britepaths’ Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “We are so grateful to the hundreds of caring community members who join in this effort each year. In an area where so many of us have so much bounty, many are often surprised to learn that there are people very near us who may struggle to eat at the holidays, let alone provide a small present to their children. Our Holiday Sponsor-a-Family Program presents an opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and community groups to give in a very special way during the holiday season. 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.”

The Holiday Program is possible because of the support and participation of dozens of community organizations and companies, as well as hundreds of local individuals and families. The families Britepaths has pledged to serve have been referred by social workers from Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools because they have verified need. Community members sponsoring families will deliver food and/or gifts to the school that referred the family. Families not matched with a sponsor will be sent gift cards.

Britepaths is grateful to our Holiday Program sponsors: Bob Rosenbaum, Team Bob Sandy Spring Bank; Firebird Analytical Solutions and Technologies; and Narayani Siva, Monopati Consulting LLP. Britepaths also greatly appreciates Freedom Bank of Virginia for running a Gift Card Drive to benefit the Holiday Program. Drop off gift cards at their branches through December 7. Details at: freedombankva.com.

In 2019, Britepaths will celebrate 35 years of serving working individuals and families in the Fairfax County area who are struggling to make ends meet. 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, Project BRIDGE, the Naomi Project and the Financial Empowerment Center at South County (FECSoCo.org); and offer Seasonal Supports: Back to School and Holiday assistance. More information is available at: britepaths.org.

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