Britepaths Seeks Donations to Provide Holiday Assistance to Local Families

Contact: Lisa Whetzel,, 703.273.8829

FAIRFAX, VA (October 26, 2022) – Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking donations from the community to provide holiday meals and gifts for children in 265 Fairfax County area families.

Britepaths is distributing gift cards that will allow parents in referred families to purchase food for Thanksgiving and December holiday meals and gifts for their children. Donations of funds or gift cards are greatly needed to meet the commitment to these families.

To donate and learn more, visit Britepaths’ Holiday Program page at: Britepaths’ online donation form makes it easy for users to give 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  

Community members may also help by attending Britepaths’ Wine & Wonderment wine tasting event on Wednesday, November 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 2941 Restaurant (2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA). All proceeds from the evening will go to the Holiday Program. Attendees will enjoy wines selected and appetizers prepared by 2941 Restaurant and will have the opportunity to bid in a silent auction. Auction items include a diamond pendant from Diamonds Direct Tysons, beauty and spa gift baskets from Alya Salon & Spa in Vienna, and an artistic photography package by Viktoria Art Photography. Event tickets are $75 per person. Purchase tickets and preview the auction at: Advance registration is recommended, but walk-in registration may be available.

Britepaths partners with several Fairfax County Public Schools to receive referrals for families with demonstrated need for holiday assistance. Participating schools are in the Fairfax High School and Justice High School pyramids, serving families who live in the City of Fairfax, central Fairfax County, and the Falls Church area.

Britepaths’ Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “Britepaths’ Holiday Program presents an opportunity for individuals, families, businesses, and community groups to make a difference for our neighbors 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 special holiday meals and presents for their children.”

Britepaths is grateful to its Holiday Program sponsors, American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, the Peterson Family Foundation and Walmart Store #2015 in Fair Lakes.

Britepaths is in its 38th year of providing assistance and a way forward for Northern Virginia residents in crisis, and served 8,993 people in FY2022. 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 with supplemental food and financial assistance; foster Personal Empowerment through financial education and workforce development workshops, coaching, and mentoring; and offer Supports for Children through our Back to School drive, Food4Thought weekend food packs and holiday assistance. More information is available at:

Britepaths Holiday Program 2022
Britepaths’ 2022 Holiday Program logo. Click Here to download image
American Legion Post 177 Holiday Assistance 2022
On October 12, representatives from American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax presented Britepaths with a check for $2,500 to help us send gift cards to our families for holiday meals. In the photo, l-r: Post 177 Finance Officer Mike Kimlick, Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Whetzel, and Post 177 Commander Jeffrey White. Click Here to download photo
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