1,500 Fairfax Area Families Waiting for Holiday Assistance

November 26th, 2015
Charity Seeks Public's Help to Provide Holiday Meals and Gifts to Families in Need this December

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Whetzel, 703-273-8829

Note: Our Daily Bread changed its name to Britepaths on July 21, 2016

FAIRFAX, VA (November 29, 2015) – Facing an overwhelming demand, Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread, Inc. (ODB) is seeking individuals, families, companies and community groups to “sponsor” needy individuals and families who reside throughout the Fairfax County area for the holidays. Community members may help by registering on-line to donate or to be matched with a family to provide a December Holiday meal and gifts for children under 18.

Our Daily Bread’s Holiday Program has 3,000 needy individuals and families on its holiday assistance list. The organization has been able to match 1,500 with community organizations or individual sponsors, or has available funds to provide gift cards to them, but is still in great need of the community's help to assist the remaining 1,500 households.

Those interested in sponsoring individuals or families for the holidays may register on Our Daily Bread’s web site at: www.ODBFairfax.org, ODB also greatly welcomes corporate sponsorships, cash donations or the donation of grocery store and discount store gift cards so ODB can distribute assistance to families who are not matched with sponsors. Donations may be made on ODB’s web site. Checks and gift cards may be mailed or delivered to Our Daily Bread at 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information about the Holiday Program, contact Our Daily Bread at 703-273-8829 or hpassist@ODBfairfax.org.

Our Daily Bread is also partnering with the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington for a #GivingTuesday campaign on December 1 to help inspire community members to assist families for the holidays. All donations made through ODB's #GivingTuesday page at http://cfp-dc.org/Pa3b will be used to provide holiday meals and gifts to families who are not matched with sponsors.

ODB Executive Director Lisa Whetzel said, “All of us at Our Daily Bread are so grateful to our many community partners who are mobilizing to help our families, and 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, people 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 a wonderful opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and community groups to give in a very special way during the holiday season. We hope the community will come together 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. ODB operates it through a grant from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, as well as corporate sponsorships and individual donations. Coordinating closely with social workers and community-based organizations who serve families throughout the County, ODB works to ensure that as many eligible Fairfax County area residents as possible who have been identified as having a great need have access to holiday assistance.

Our Daily Bread is grateful to our Holiday Program sponsors: Combined Properties Incorporated, The Rosenbaum Lending Group, Weichert Realtors Annandale and ALIASS. The following organizations partner with Our Daily Bread to provide program support and/or deliver holiday assistance to more than 1,000 individuals and families on our list: Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge #2188, Church of the Good Shepherd (Burke), Committee for Helping Others (CHO), Cornerstones Inc., Fairfax Host Lions Club, Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Social Work, Falls Church Community Service Council, Food for Others, Herndon-Reston FISH, LINK, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), Our Neighbor’s Child, Rotary Club of Fairfax, Share of McLean, St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM).

Our Daily Bread provides short-term safety net services for residents in the Fairfax County area of Virginia, and empowers them to work toward long-term self-sufficiency. In addition to Holiday assistance, ODB provides qualified clients temporary food assistance, emergency financial assistance, financial education and mentoring services, Naomi Project mentoring services for new or expecting mothers, a Project BRIDGE program that works with select clients in an intensive manner to help them achieve self-sufficiency, and Back to School assistance. For information, visit www.ODBFairfax.org.