How to be a Secret Santa
Mail or hand deliver gift cards to:
Secret Santa Program
The value of the gift card (if it’s not printed on the card).
A return address so we can acknowledge your gift and send a tax form.
A beneficiary category designation if you choose one.
Please submit cards by Dec. 18, although earlier is better. Late-arriving cards will still be accepted.
Questions? Contact Kurt Larrick at 703-228-1775.
You donate gift cards from area stores — grocery store, drugstore, Target, shopping mall or credit card-type gift cards are perfect. Gifts cards should not exceed $25 each, but you can submit as many as you like. Donations are generally tax deductible.
Children in Foster Care: Arlington has nearly 100 children in foster care. Your contribution of a gift card will help bring a happy holiday to these deserving kids. Most kids in foster care are teens, and it is nearly impossible to get the right gift for a teenager – so gift cards are a great option.
People with Disabilities and Seniors with Low Incomes: Making ends meet can be difficult when you are without family and on a fixed income. That’s the case for many older Arlingtonians and members of the community who have disabilities. Our aging and disability services specialists report that gift cards distributed through the Secret Santa program never fail to bring smiles to these vulnerable members of the community.
Families with Low Incomes: For families struggling to put food on the table, having the money to purchase even modest holiday gifts is difficult. More than 4,600 households in Arlington receive food stamps right now which, for a family of four means they make less than $29,976 a year. For low-income households, gift cards from local grocery stores are a big help – and helping a parent buy a special gift for his or her child is priceless.
Arlington Secret Santa uses a gift card model for several reasons: