Each year, ACPS sponsors a holiday giving program for ACPS families who are struggling financially. Since 2014, this program has ensured that students who would otherwise not receive gifts have a wonderful holiday season.
In the past, individual staff sponsors would be paired with a student and give new clothing, toys or other items on the student’s wish list. This year we are inviting the broader community to participate in the giving and spread a little holiday magic.
If you would like to be paired with a student or family, simply complete the online registration form and indicate how you would like to help. Families in need have already been identified by ACPS social workers in each school. The social worker team will match sponsors with students based on sponsor preferences, where possible, and provide student wish lists to sponsors via email.
Sponsors must deliver gift items to ACPS Central Office at 1340 Braddock Place by Friday, December 14 in order to ensure delivery of the gifts to students and families before schools close for the holiday break on Friday, December 21. Sponsors and students remain anonymous to each other.
Families for this year’s holiday giving program have already been identified. If you are a family who has a need this holiday season, please contact your school’s social worker. If we receive sponsors beyond those needed to be matched with those already identified — and we hope we do! — we will pair you with a donor.
If you are not in a position to sponsor a family, consider giving the gift of your time:
- Lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and other locations with Wreaths Across America on December 15.
- Help the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services with their holiday sharing gift distribution.
- Distribute meals through the Capital Area Food Bank distribution program.
Learn more and sign up for these or other volunteer opportunities online through Volunteer Alexandria.