Holiday Program

It Takes a Community: Thank You to Our Holiday Heroes!
Thank You for Helping Our Families

We put out the word early in December that we were still seeking help to ensure that 200 families on our Holiday Assistance list would receive holiday meals. And YOU Listened! As of December 12, we had sufficient sponsors for families and sufficient funds and gift card donations to ensure that ALL 500 families on our list were able to enjoy a special holiday meal and gifts for their children. THANK YOU for helping local families in need enjoy a festive holiday! 

You Can Still Help Your Neighbors!

Britepaths provides help, hope and a way forward for struggling families in the Fairfax County area year-round by providing food and financial assistance to keep families in their homes while they work through a crisis, along with resilience services -- including mentoring, budgeting classes and life skills -- to help them help themselves to financial self-sufficiency. Your holiday gift of a donation to Britepaths can make a lasting difference for a neighbor in need.


Questions? Contact Joanne Walton at or 703.273.8829 ext. 888 

Quick Links:

Sponsor a Family Guidelines (for those already registered to sponsor families)
Frequently Asked Questions
2017 Donation Receipt: (PDF) (MSWORD)

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

HighPoint Global, LLC
The Rosenbaum Lending Group@Washington First Mortgage

Cubby's Closet, LLC
Northrop Grumman Employees Charity Organization (ECHO)

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. 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 have in prior years, but the families we serve will receive much more meaningful assistance.