Fairfax County offers many opportunities to brighten the holidays for those in need in our community. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for help is even greater. Here are ways you can reach out in the spirit of the season.
Ways to Give Locally
Santa’s Ride Toy Drive
Donate through Monday, Dec. 7, by 9 a.m.
Donate new, unwrapped toys, games, books and gifts for children at area hospitals and through local charities. Bring items to the lobby of any Fairfax County Government campus building (the Government Center, Pennino Building, Herrity Building and Public Safety Headquarters) or any Fairfax County police station. Further information about donations and an online wish list are available on Inova Children’s Hospital Donate page.
Toys for Tots
Through Sunday, Dec. 13
Bring new unwrapped toys for toddlers through age 17 to county Fire and Rescue stations. Toys used as weapons or considered to be weapons (i.e., toy guns or knives of any kind) will not be accepted. Make checks or money orders for donations payable to Toys for Tots. More information is available online.
Gifts for Families in Need
Through Tuesday, Dec. 15
The Department of Family Services’ Volunteer & Partner Services takes donations to help families who need a hand during the holiday season. The program accepts gift cards and new baby items including infant and toddler car seats; stationary and portable cribs; diapers and wipes; and high chairs. Monetary donations are also welcome. To find out how you can help this holiday season and throughout the year, contact Krissa Slone, 703-324-7751.
Gifts for Victims and Witnesses of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Through Friday, Dec. 18
Donate gift cards to benefit young victims and witnesses of domestic and sexual violence. Gift cards from stores like Giant, Safeway, Walmart, TJ Maxx, Target, Kohl’s, local restaurants and clothing stores let parents be active participants in purchasing gifts and needed items for each child. Gift cards can be mailed to Saly Fayez, Director, Victim Services Division, Police Department, Public Safety Headquarters, 12099 Government Center Parkway. For more information, contact Saly Fayez, 703-246-2465.
Donate Coats for Herndon Kids
The Park Authority is supporting a coat drive with one of its Rec-PAC partner schools, Hutchison Elementary in Herndon. New coats are needed in all sizes from youth medium to adult large for boys and girls. There is no specific color preference or color to avoid. Coats can be sent to or dropped off at Hutchison Elementary School (M-F, except holidays), Attn: Maureen Griffin, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon, VA 20170 or at Spring Hill RECenter (open seven days), Attn: Jen Braun, 1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102. For further information about gifts and monetary donations, contact Jennifer Braun, 703-324-5540.
Animal Shelter Supplies
Always accepting donations
The Animal Shelter is always thankful to receive donations of much-needed items to help provide care and enrichment to pets in the shelter and in foster homes. Check out the donation list.
Your time is a wonderful gift, year-round. Check out Fairfax County agency volunteer opportunities. The county also partners with Volunteer Fairfax for opportunities with community nonprofits and has a holiday guide with suggestions for the season.