Holiday Giving Program
You can make the holiday season a little happier for some of Arlington’s most vulnerable residents by taking part in the Department of Human Services’ Holiday Giving Program.
How it works
Donate gift cards from area stores – grocery stores, drug stores, clothing stores and Target all work great – and the Department of Human Services distributes them through our social workers and case managers to more than 1,000 needy individuals in the community in the holiday season. You can also send a check made out to “Arlington County Treasurer – HGP.”
This year, through a partnership with Volunteer Arlington, we are also accepting donations via online credit card payments.
Individuals, church groups, schools and neighborhoods have all taken part in the past. Making it a group effort is a great holiday project for kids, families, apartment buildings, sports teams and offices.
Who it helps
Gift cards are distributed to clients engaged in Department of Human Services safety net programs and other programs for low-income residents. Recipients include:
Gifts cards should not exceed $25 each, but you can submit as many as you like. Donations are generally tax deductible. Checks are welcome – please make them out to “Arlington County Treasurer – Secret Santa.” We will purchase gift cards with your donation.
Please remember to include a return mail address or e-mail address so we can send you a thank you note and a tax receipt!
Why gift cards instead of donating presents or “adopting” a family?
Arlington's Holiday Giving Program uses a gift card model for several reasons:
- Gift cards offer choices, which empowers the recipient. You can select the food you want, the style, color and size of clothes you want, or the perfect toy for your child.
- The kindness of others is wonderful. But for many, receiving holiday presents from strangers can feel patronizing or demeaning.
- In a low-income family, a child seeing that a gift comes from a parent strengthens family bonds.
How to participate
Submit by Mail:
- Mail gift cards/checks by Dec. 24 to:
Holiday Giving Program c/o Kurt Larrick
Department of Human Services
2100 Washington Blvd., 4th Floor – FMB
Arlington, VA 22204
Donate via Secure Credit Card Payment:
- We now accept donations via credit card! We will convert your donation to gift cards for distribution to Arlington households. Click here to donate
Cards/checks/donations may be designated for a particular beneficiary group or left undesignated. Undesignated gift cards are especially welcome and will be used where they’re needed most. Checks should be written to: Arlington County Treasurer – HGP.
Include 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, and a beneficiary designation if you choose one.
Please submit cards/checks by Dec. 24. Late-arriving cards/checks will still be accepted.
Questions? Contact Kurt Larrick at 703-228-1775.