Holiday Program

Give Hope for the Holidays!

Britepaths is working to assist 800 Fairfax County area families who might otherwise go without with Thanksgiving meals, December holiday meals and gifts for their children in December. We will need help from the community to make this happen! Can You Help? This is a meaningful giving opportunity for individuals, families, companies, community organizations, faith communities and more.

How to Help:

  • Sponsor a Family in Need: Click Here We'll provide information so you can shop for a family for meals and gifts.
  • Donate Funds: Click Here We'll give families who are not sponsored gift cards so they can enjoy a meal and gifts for their children. Checks also welcome! See below.
  • Donate Gift Cards: Mail or Deliver Gift Cards to Britepaths to help families who are not sponsored. See below.
  • Sponsor Our Program: Click Here Companies and organizations who sponsor our Program help us assist more families.
  • Volunteer: Click Here Most-needed are office volunteers on weekdays.
Questions? Contact Joanne Walton at jwalton@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829 ext. 888 

It Takes a Community: See Our 2017 Holiday Heroes!


More Information:

  • Mail or Deliver Checks or Gift Cards: Britepaths' address is 3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please write "Holiday Program" in memo line of checks. Most-needed gift cards are for major local grocery stores and Target or Walmart in denominations of $20-$25.
  • Sponsor a Family Guidelines: Click Here
  • Frequently Asked Question: Click Here
  • Donation Receipt (PDF): Click Here
  • Share our Flyer (PDF): Click Here 
  • "Donate" a Post! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and share our messages. Tag us @britepaths (@britepathsfx for Instagram) if you post about us.

About the Holiday Program

The holidays are a time for sharing, and there is no better way to celebrate the spirit of the season than by helping your neighbors in need. We hope you will consider sponsoring a Fairfax County-area family in need for the holidays.

This is Britepaths' 20th year of ensuring that struggling families in our community have help and hope at the holidays. Our Holiday Program matches individuals and families in need with donors who provide Thanksgiving and December holiday meals, as well as gifts for the children in the family.

Families have demonstrated need and are referred to the program by Fairfax County social services agencies. Many of the families we serve work multiple jobs to make ends meet. Others are searching for work after being laid off or cannot work because of illness or injury or some other crisis.

When you sponsor a family, you will feel the true spirit of the season. Participating in the Holiday Program is a wonderful group or family activity. And it’s a great way to give back to the community, because your help goes directly to a local family in need.

Note: Our Program Has Changed a Bit, But Not for Our Supporters!

For many years, Britepaths held a contract with Fairfax County to serve as a clearinghouse to connect Fairfax County area families in need with community organizations, companies, faith communities, individuals and families who would help them for the Holidays. In 2017, Britepaths chose not to bid for that contract going forward so that we can better focus our organization's energies on our self-sufficiency and emergency assistance programs. For our supporters who wish to sponsor families or provide donations to help families who are not sponsored, our Holiday Program will operate exactly the same way as it has in the past. As part of the change, our organization is committing to serve fewer families than we did prior to 2017, but the families we serve will receive much more meaningful assistance. In 2017, we served 550 families and found that our supporters are so generous we could likely serve more. In 2018, our goal is to serve 800 families.