OAR’s Collecting Donations to Provide Gift Cards to Families Impacted by Incarceration for the Holidays

OAR is partnering with Volunteer Arlington, AHC Inc., Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), and Bridges to Independence to coordinate the “Bring a Neighbor Holiday Joy” program. We have officially kicked off this fundraiser online here!

Typically in the past, OAR has hosted our Annual Project Winter Cheer Toy Drive to collect donations of holiday gifts for the children and families impacted by incarceration. This year, due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting our Annual Toy Drive and Project Winter Cheer Wrapping Party event like we have in years past, but have decided to collaborate on this effort with other nonprofit organizations in our community. The decision to host “Bring a Neighbor Holiday Joy,” a collaborative online fundraiser, for Project Winter Cheer this year was made due to the safety concerns brought on by the pandemic and wanting to keep all of our participants and their families, volunteers, team members, and community members as safe and healthy as possible, with as little physical contact as possible.

This fundraising initiative will support children and families in need of gifts, resources, and more during this holiday season. For as little as $10, community members can make a significant difference. All donations can be made online on the Volunteer Arlington website. Your donations will be used to help each participating organization purchase and distribute gift cards, allowing the children and families in our programs to safely purchase their own holiday gifts and resources. The goal is to provide each child in the household with at least a $50 (minimum) gift card for this holiday season.

We cannot do this without the help of the community! We are asking people of all ages to come together to support this very tangible need. Donations will be collected through Friday, November 30th, 2020 in order to get the resources distributed in time for the holiday season.

Questions? Email Stephannie Ku, sku@oaronline.org