Holiday Program


Give Hope for the Holidays

As we near the end of another challenging year, we are looking to the holidays for some cheer. Can you help us make sure that children in our community whose families are struggling are able to share in some of that joy?

Britepaths' Holiday Program is seeking donations of funds and gift cards to help 500 local families in need enjoy festive holiday meals and gifts for their children. The donations will help us provide gift cards that social workers at our Fairfax County Public Schools partner schools in the Fairfax HS and Justice HS pyramids will distribute to families with identified need.

A $100 gift will provide holiday meals for a family, and $50 will provide gifts for children. Any amount you can give will make a big difference!

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Questions? Contact Dorothy Altmiller at daltmiller@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829 with questions, or if your organization would like to sponsor our program.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax
Peterson Family Foundation

More Information
  • Mail Checks or Gift Cards: Mail to Britepaths, 3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please write Holiday in the check memo line. 
     
  • Gift Card Donations: The most-needed gift cards are for Walmart, Giant, Aldi or Safeway in denominations of $50 or $100. Gift cards are most needed by December 3. Most families will receive $150 in gift cards, so if you're raising funds to purchase gift cards, $150 cards to the stores mentioned are the easiest for us to use most efficiently. 

    If you'd like to deliver gift cards to the office, please call ahead to 703.273.8829 or email info@britepaths.org. Our core hours are Mon.-Fri. 10a-2p, but it is best to arrange in advance. We will meet you in the parking lot.
     
  • Create Your Own Holiday Fundraiser! Our new online donation form makes it easy to create your own holiday fundraiser to share with your family, friends or your organization so they can share in the effort to make the holidays brighter for local families in need. Click through to the Donate form and scroll down to Become a Britepaths Champion, and click the "Make Me a Champion" button to get started. Contact Shannon Bryant at sbryant@britepaths.org if you have questions.

About the Holiday Program

The holidays are a time for sharing, and there is no better way to celebrate than by giving hope and help to children and their families who may otherwise go without a festive meal or a gift. We hope you'll consider assisting Fairfax County area families in need for the holidays.

This is Britepaths' 23rd year of ensuring that struggling families in our community are able to share in the holiday cheer that is all around us. While our Holiday Program traditionally matched individuals and families in need with donors who provided holiday meals and gifts for children, due to the pandemic we are seeking donations from our supporters to help us provide gift cards to families so they may purchase food for their holiday meals and gifts for their children.

The families we serve have demonstrated need and are referred to the program by Fairfax County Public Schools social workers at schools with which we are partnering in the Fairfax HS and Justice HS pyramids. The social workers will distribute the gift cards to families with identified need whose children attend their schools. Many of the parents were already working multiple jobs to make ends meet before the pandemic and are now struggling even more due to layoffs, reduced work hours, health issues or some other crisis. All of us have been challenged since March 2020, but these challenges have been magnified for our families, and especially their children.

When you donate to Britepaths' Holiday Program, you will feel the true spirit of the season. Participating in the Holiday Program is a great way to give back to the community, because your assistance will provide help and hope for children and their families who live very near you.