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Holiday Help

Here are some easy ways you can help our community and make a difference in the lives of area families this holiday season.

Holiday Helping: The Holiday Project

Here's another way to help on Christmas Day: You can join the Holiday Project on Christmas Day. This is a group of volunteers who will visit four senior citizen facilities in the a ... Dec 23, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: A Gift of Hope for homeless moms

 Here's a holiday project that's going on through New Year's. And the impact of this project will last for years to come. Hope House, a homeless agency for moms and children, is ... Dec 23, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday helping: Think outside the box to help others on Christmas Day

 Many families like to capture the spirit of Christmas and participate in a service project. Each year, I get several calls from people who want to know how they can help on Christ ... Dec 23, 2013 in Doing Good.

COLUMN: Community support fills Angel Tree stockings

BY ROB HEDELT / THE FREE LANCE-STARTHE NEED this year was unprecedented, putting the region’s caring nature to the test. But when the local Angel Tree program of the Salvatio ... Dec 18, 2013 in The News Desk.

Holiday Helping: Turkeys, trimmings and gifts for teens

There is little more than a week left until Christmas, and some area residents still don't know if they'll have a holiday meal. SERVE, a Stafford-based nonprofit, hopes to help ... Dec 16, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Homeless students in Spotsy schools

Winter break is coming. And while 14 days without school may sound like a Christmas present for some students, those days bring rumbling stomachs for hundreds of homeless students. ... Dec 12, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: SECA

 Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association hopes to help about 135 families this Christmas, with holiday baskets that include a festive meal and a few toys. But the toy drive tha ... Dec 11, 2013 in Doing Good.

Woman still playing elf for needy children

Mary Lou Pitzer helped start St. Matthias Methodist Church’s holiday bicycle drive in 2005. It has grown from providing bikes for six needy children that year to 55 this year.  SU ... Dec 05, 2013 in The News Desk.

Holiday Helping: Update on Fredericksburg Department of Social Services

The deadline is coming up and the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services has found sponsors for nearly all of the children they hope to help--but 10 children still need spon ... Dec 04, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Be a Santa to a Senior

Here is another opportunity to help this holiday season, from Home Instead Senior Care. Here are the details from the Be a Santa to a Senior program: The program – run by the lo ... Dec 03, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Salvation Army desperately seeks elves

The empty spots represent children and seniors who don't have gifts yet. The holiday forecast doesn't look so jolly for more than 2,000 area children. The deadline for the Salv ... Dec 03, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Nearly 200 Stafford children still need Christmas help

Stafford Social Services still needs Christmas sponsors for  more than 70 teenagers 120 children ages 1 to 12. And the deadline is approaching fast. Organizers hope to have the pre ... Dec 02, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Toys for Tots

 Rob Hedelt recently had a great story about Toys for Tots. And with Black Friday coming up and so many deals on toys, it's a great time to pick up an extra toy for a child in need ... Nov 25, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: SERVE

 SERVE, a Stafford-based relief organization, needs turkeys and other food for holiday meals. The agency also hopes to help 150 teens have a happy Christmas. Those teenagers hav ... Nov 25, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Last day for Operation Christmas Child

Just a reminder: Today is the deadline to drop off shoe boxes for children in need, which will be given out through Operation Christmas Child. The annual Samaritan's Purse effort ... Nov 24, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Rappahannock Adult Activities

Every year, Rappahannock Adult Activities sells poinsettias to support programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. Proceeds from the sale of poinsettias support day pro ... Nov 23, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Stafford Social Services

The Stafford Department of Social Services hopes to help 3,300 people this holiday season, including children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Sponsors receive a wish ... Nov 22, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Project Manger

Fredericksburg Department of Social Services is holding its second annual Project Manger. This project is part of the Safe Sleep Campaign, which educates parents and caretakers ... Nov 21, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Spotsylvania Social Services

Spotsylvania Department of Social Services’s “Holiday Hope” program hopes to help at least 2,600 children this year. Program coordinator Lori Weresnick said the program matches ... Nov 20, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Merry Market

This holiday helping opportunity gives you the chance to do your own Christmas shopping--and help others at the same time. The Fredericksburg Area Service League's annual Merry ... Nov 19, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Stafford Hope Center

The Stafford Hope Center hopes to give turkeys to 50 people this holiday season. The agency will get 10 turkeys from the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, so they still  need 40 turk ... Nov 19, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Operation Christmas Child

Just a reminder: This week is the first week to drop off shoe boxes for children in need, which will be given out through  Operation Christmas Child. The annual Samaritan's Purse ... Nov 18, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Westmoreland Social Services

Westmoreland Department of Social Services hopes to help at least 380 children this year. The agency matches children with donors and social workers hope that each child gets a new ... Nov 18, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Angel Tree update

As of this morning, 502 of the angels have been adopted from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. This year, organizers hope to help more than 3,000 children and seniors in ne ... Nov 18, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Caroline Social Services

The Caroline Department of Social Services expects to help at least 130 children this holiday season. They provide sponsors with wish lists from qualifying children and families ... Nov 16, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Culpeper Social Services

Culpeper County's Department of Social Services is hoping to help elderly residents and foster youth. To help, drop off presents or gift cards to 1835 Industry Drive in Culpeper, o ... Nov 15, 2013 in Doing Good.

Holiday Helping: Fredericksburg Social Services

The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services hopes to help at least 250 children this holiday season through its Gifts From the Heart program. To sponsor a child or make ... Nov 14, 2013 in Doing Good.

Angel Tree program: How you can help

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program matches donors with children and families in need in the community. Donors can visit an area location hosting an Angel Tree and choose an An ... Nov 13, 2013 in The News Desk.

Holiday Helping: The Culpeper Christmas Basket Program

Halloween candy is now a sweet memory, and the holiday season is upon is.  For the next month, we'll be sharing opportunities to help others. Here is a chance to help organize ... Nov 13, 2013 in Doing Good.

BANDING TOGETHER: Students fight hunger

CLICK HERE to view bonus photos from this event. Colonial Forge High School senior Georgeanne Harter pitches a ball during the marching band’s rendition of “Take M ... Nov 12, 2013 in The News Desk.