Stafford County DSS Holiday Page

Clients receiving SNAP/TANF will be invited to register with us for Holiday food and gifts. Save-the-dates will be mailed mid-August. The program encompasses both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Stafford County Department of Social Services Holiday Program Page
Point of Contact:
Erin Riley, Program Coordinator

Post cards have gone in the mail for the 2023 Christmas portion. Please also check your emails for information. I am planning to call as many families as possible during the next two days: 12/7 and 12/8. (There is a Job Fair during one of those days 12/7, so I will do my best).

CLIENTS:  gift pick up will happen over three days - December 13,14, & 15th depending on what assignment you have. You will receive an email, post card and/or phone call letting you know where to go. You MUST show up on the day that has been provided to you.



Holiday Sponsor Link
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, 



The County is doing the program a little different this year. Each child will be able to request 4 items. No gift cards. No expensive items, with the idea that everything could be purchased for under $100. Sponsors can also include stockings with small items. 
WANT: toys, games,
NEED: room items, personal care items,
WEAR: winter coat, jeans, leggings, hoodies, sweatpants, basketball shorts, socks, slides
READ: books, comics, magazines, how to books, cooking books, art, drawing, educational, hair

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.