Hope for the Holidays

The holiday season is full of hope and happiness for many. For our residents working through their recovery, healing from a crisis in our shelter, and sending out new job applications, it can feel bleak. We surround guests with compassion, resources, and support to build roads to brighter futures. Help from you goes a long way to making this work possible year-round. During the holidays, your support is even more powerful.

Help everyone at CARITAS feel at home this holiday season. Make a difference with one of these opportunities today. 

1: Home for the Holiday Home Baskets for Shelter Residents

Why: A strong start is only possible with the right tools. Support men and women transitioning from our shelter into their new homes with a gift of household essentials.
What: Fill a laundry basket with: 

  • Twin air mattress with pump
  • Twin-sized sheet set
  • One standard pillow
  • One blanket
  • $20 Visa/Walmart/Kroger gift card.

How: Please click here to register to give this package. Drop off donations at our Jingle Bell Drive Through at 2220 Stockton Street on Dec. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.. If you cannot attend, please deliver donations Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. no later than Dec. 16.

2: Holiday Cheer Package for Recovery Residents

Why: The road to sobriety is full of challenges and the holidays are especially difficult. Send a gift of hope and encouragement to men and women in The Healing Place.

What: Fill a box or bag with the following for either men or women. 

  • Pjs
  • Socks
  • $20 Gift card

How: Please click here to register to give this package. Drop off donations at our Jingle Bell Drive Through at 2220 Stockton Street on Dec. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. If you cannot attend, please deliver donations Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. no later than Dec. 16.

3: The Gift of Independence: Donate a Bicycle

Why: What’s more iconic than a bicycle under the tree? Help our men and women in shelter reclaim independence by providing them with transportation.

What: Donate new and used road-safe and ready-to-ride bikes for adult men and women.

How: Please click here to register to give this package. Drop off donations at our Jingle Bell Drive Through at 2220 Stockton Street on Dec. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. If you cannot attend, please deliver donations Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  no later than Dec. 16.

4: Give the Gift of Giving For Our Participants

Why: Help our program participants show their love during the holidays by providing gifts for them to give to their loved ones, specifically children and teenagers. 

What: Donate items appropriate for children ages 0-18. Please donate unwrapped new items only. Participants will wrap the gifts themselves to take to family gatherings with pride. We’d like to have 100 of these gifts.

How: Please click here to register to donate one more more of these 100 gifts. Drop off donations at our Jingle Bell Drive Through at 2220 Stockton Street on Dec. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. If you cannot attend, please deliver donations Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  no later than Dec. 16.

5: A Holiday Hug for our Frontline Workers

Why: During rising homelessness and overdose rates, increased risk of COVID exposure, and a growing need, CARITAS’s frontline staff have showed up with compassion and excellence. Show them you’re watching and give a gift of encouragement.

What: Donate $20 gift cards from Visa, Walmart, Kroger, Target, or Amazon to show appreciation for our staff who have kept the doors of CARITAS open 365 days/year in the midst of a pandemic and major facilities move. 

How: Please click here to register to give this package. Drop off donations at our Jingle Bell Drive Through at 2220 Stockton Street on Dec. 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. If you cannot attend, please deliver donations Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. no later than Dec. 16.

6: Donate In Honor of a Loved One

Why: Meaningful gifts are hard to come by. A financial contribution to CARITAS can save a life, help someone get hired, or lead them on a journey to sobriety.  

What: Donate a gift of $10 or $1,000. List their name and mailing address in the online donation form. We’ll send a note to let them know you donated. You can also print your donation receipt and put it in your holiday card.

How: Donate online here.

7: Give the Gift of Time

Why: Help us infuse hope for the holidays all around CARITAS. Inspire our staff and spread kindness to our residents.

What: Volunteers can help us decorate the CARITAS Center, receive donations at our Jingle Bell Drive Through on Dec. 15, sort received donations Dec. 16 and 17, and help our participants shop for gifts on Dec. 20. 

How: Sign up for available opportunities by clicking here. Email volutneer@caritasva.org with any questions!

8: Give Smart: Donate Stock

Why: Stock gifts are as valuable as other financial gifts to CARITAS. The benefit is that you avoid the capital gains tax on the increase in value.

What: Easily transfer stock with the help of our contacts at Davenport & Co. You may choose to donate to one of two accounts: one for CARITAS as a whole and another specific to The Healing Place.

How: Click here to find all of the information you need to donate stock to CARITAS.