Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Letter: Give to Secret Santa via BCCA

Gift Cards donated through BCCA stay in Buckingham.

Every year, the BCCA proudly participates in Arlington's Secret Santa program to help make this a joyous holiday season for those Buckingham families struggling to make ends meet. This year will be no exception.

This year's program has undergone a slight change to make it more equitable. Instead of adopting specific families, the program now requests that you purchase individual gift cards (no more than $200) at local grocery stores (Harris Teeter, Giant, Safeway) or department stores (Target, Wal-Mart) in order to distribute to those in most need.

The gift cards collected by the BCCA will be earmarked specifically for Buckingham families. So please consider purchasing a gift card(s) of whatever denomination ($10, $20, $50, $100) at one or more of the stores above and mail them to my address: c/o BCCA's Secret Santa Program, 512 N. Park Drive, Arlington, VA 22203. Please send me your contribution on or before Dec. 10 and I will forward them on behalf of the BCCA. I hope we continue the tradition of helping our neighbors.

--Pat Hope
President, Buckingham Community Civic Association

According to the county, "Five percent of families and eight percent of children in Arlington live at or below the poverty level, and many Arlington residents struggle just to make ends meet. You can help this holiday season — the Secret Santa program, which helps 1,000+ individuals each year, seeks donations of gift cards to help make a difference in the lives of some of Arlington's most vulnerable residents." --ST

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