The Holiday Program provides Thanksgiving and/or Christmas assistance to children and families by matching businesses, church and community groups, and individuals with those in need. Qualifying families submit an application to DSS and provide a list of the names, ages, and clothing sizes of children in the household. Sponsors can then provide their match family with food, grocery store gift cards, or gifts for the children. In addition to sponsors, DSS collaborates with other agencies such as SERVE, Salvation Army, and the American Legion to provide families in need with holiday assistance. The Holiday Program allows disadvantaged members of our community to have a better holiday season. The program is made possible by volunteer community sponsors. It is not a State funded program.
For more information regarding the program, please contact Erin Riley, Erin.k.Riley@dss.virginia.gov (the holiday email is invalid currently, please use this email address.)
HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST REQUESTED ITEMS FOR EACH AGE GROUP...
PRESCHOOL AGE: PAW PATROL, LOL DOLLS, JOJO SEWA, PEPPA PIG, PJ MASKS, BARBIE/BARBIE ACCESSORIES, BABY DOLLS/ ACCESSORIES, HOT WHEELS, TRICYCLE, DIAPERS OF ALL SIZES AND WIPES, WARM CLOTHING SIZES 12 MO- 4/5T, FUN STOCKING STUFFERS
SCHOOL AGE: LOL DOLLS, NERF STUFF, SPORTS EQUIPMENT, BARBIES, SLIME/ART/SCIENCE KITS, LED LIGHTS FOR BEDROOM, FIVE BELOW GIFT CARDS, WALMART/TARGET GIFT CARDS, CLOTHING SIZES 6-16, DVDS, BUILD YOU OWN KITS, BIKES, HOODIES, TIE DYE KITS/SHIRTS
HIGHSCHOOL: GIFT CARDS ARE THE MOST REQUESTED ITEM. LED LIGHTS ARE ANOTHER VERY POPULAR ITEM. I LOVE THE IDEA OF GIFTING AN EXPERIENCE.. NAILS, HAIR, ACTIVITIES (THIS IS HARD DURING COVID). PLACES LIKE WALMART, TARGET, AMAZON, FOOT LOCKER, DICKS, ULTA, BATH AND BODY WORKS ARE HIGHLY REQUESTED.
SENIORS: POSTAGE STAMPS, NICE CARDS TO MAIL OUT, WALMART GIFT CARD (MOST REQUESTED ITEM), FRYING PANS, HYGIENE PRODUCTS, GAS CARDS, WARM HAT/GLOVES/SCARF, WASH CLOTHES, PAPER TOWELS
A few things...
You are responsible for picking up your holiday assistance. Stafford Social Services nor its community partners will make deliveries. After you have been matched with a resource, YOU WILL RECEIVE A YELLOW CARD IN THE MAIL.
Please give your CURRENT ADDRESS and WORKING PHONE NUMBER where you can be reached. If your contact information changes, call the Holiday Team at (540) 658-8732 with your new address and/or telephone number.
FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN NOT RECEIVING HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR FAMILY.