Holiday Program


Bring Holiday Cheer to Children and Their Families

Many of us will be looking to the holidays to provide some hope and cheer in this difficult year. Britepaths needs your help to bring that sense of optimism to children in our community whose families have been struggling to pay for food and rent.

Your donation of funds or gift cards to our Holiday Program will provide holiday meals and gifts for children for 500 local families. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have distributed Thanksgiving assistance. Your donation will help provide families with a festive meal and gifts for their children in December.

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Due to the pandemic, Britepaths and the social workers who refer families won't be able to facilitate the direct delivery of food and gifts to families. Therefore, we are not able to offer a "Sponsor a Family" option as we have in years past, and are instead requesting donations of funds and gift cards. 

We will mail gift cards to all of the families who are referred to us. On average, we will mail $100 in gift cards to participating families. Your gift will help them secure festive meals for Thanksgiving and the December holidays and purchase gifts for their children. See below for more donation details.

Another Way to Help: Enjoy a virtual concert by the Houk-Robinson Duo via Facebook Live, Sat., Nov. 28, 6-9p. Free, but donations to Britepaths' Holiday Program suggested. Click Here to learn more.

In the News: Connection Newspapers · Vienna Sun Gazette · Tysons Reporter · Fairfax County Times

Questions? Contact Vanessa De La Rosa at vdelarosa@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829 x888

Please Note: Britepaths has distributed Thanksgiving assistance and is Closed for the Week of Thanksgiving. Read More


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Fairfax City and Tysons/Vienna
 

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Donate Checks and Gift Cards
  • Mail Checks
    Mail to Britepaths, 3959 Pender Drive, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Note "Holiday" in the memo line.
  • Donate Gift Cards
    Most-Needed Gift Cards: Walmart and Target. Major grocery store gift cards also welcome (Aldi, Safeway, Giant, Lidl).
    Larger Denominations Most Needed! Most of the gift cards we mail will be in larger denominations to provide maximum assistance and save on postage. $100 gift cards are most needed. If this seems prohibitive, please consider donating funds that will help us purchase gift cards at a bulk discount. Or, if you're running a gift card drive, consider requesting larger denomination gift cards, or collecting funds to purchase the larger denomination cards. 
    Arrange in Advance to Deliver Gift Cards: Due to COVID, our staffing and hours may vary. Please call the office at 703.273.8829 or email vdelarosa@britepaths.org to arrange delivery of gift cards to the office.
  • Virtual Fundraising: Share our Donate page with family and friends asking them to help you assist families for the holidays. Ask them to write your name or a team/organization name in the "Donor Comments" so we can help you track donations.
    Or Run a Facebook Fundraiser: If you and your friends/family are Facebook users, this is a wonderful option for hosting a donation drive for our Holiday families. Britepaths is a registered charity with Facebook, and we will receive 100% of the proceeds from donations made to Britepaths through Facebook. Your friends who give will receive an immediate receipt from Facebook for their donation and may opt to remain anonymous if they wish. Click Here to get started. Contact hwebb@britepaths.org with questions.
  • Donation Receipt: Britepaths will send an acknowledgement of your donation, but you may use this form for your records.
    (MS Word) (PDF)

Families Receiving Assistance Through Britepaths' Holiday Program Have Children Attending These FCPS Partner Schools:

Fairfax High School Pyramid

  • Daniels Run ES, Fairfax City
  • Fairfax Villa ES, Fairfax
  • Lanier MS, Fairfax City
  • Eagle View ES, Fairfax
  • Providence ES, Fairfax City

Justice High School Pyramid

  • Bailey's Upper ES, Falls Church
  • Bailey's Lower ES, Bailey's Crossroads
  • Beech Tree ES, Falls Church
  • Belvedere ES, Falls Church
  • Glen Forest ES, Falls Church
  • Parklawn ES, Alexandria

Additional Schools

  • Poe MS, Annandale
  • Cedar Lane School, Vienna
  • Luther Jackson MS, Falls Church
  • Woodburn ES, Falls Church
  • Dranesville ES, Herndon
  • Fox Mill ES, Herndon
  • McNair ES, Herndon

About the Holiday Program

A Season of Giving: Click Here to see how community members helped our families in 2019.

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. Please consider sponsoring a Fairfax County area family in need for the holidays.

This is Britepaths' 21st year of ensuring that struggling families in our community are able to share in the holiday cheer that is all around us. Our Holiday Program traditionally 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. Due to COVID, in 2020, we are assisting families by mailing them gift cards to purchase holiday meals and gifts for their children.

The families we serve have demonstrated need and are referred to the program by Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools social workers. 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 this year, 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 wonderful group or family service project. And it’s a great way to give back to the community, because your help goes to children and their families who are in crisis and live very near you.