Friday, December 7, 2012

Elf on a Shelf? More Like Elves in Action!

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There are elves who make toys. There are elves who journey through the seven layers of the Candy Cane Forest. There are elves who want to be dentists. And then there are some very special elves who are helping Catholic Charities bring holiday cheer to local families in need.

Check out our list below of holiday happenings, providing warm coats, healthy meals, and the joy of a new Christmas toy to kids and families here in the DC metro region! 

ONGOING: The Catholic Charities Online Angel Tree
Our Angel Tree still needs more angels! With more than 375 kids adopted, we still have 220 children hoping for a gift this year from Santa. Please add one of their names to your own list this year!Thank you everyone for your help. Toy distribution is ongoing through Wednesday, December 18.

Cookie Monster at Community Table Kick-off
December 11: Redskins Covered for the Holidays
Thanks to the Washington Redskins and Macy’s, over 40 low-income children from a local Catholic school will be fitted and clothed with warm weather apparel. Incredible event, checck out our photo blog here

December 12: Community Table Kick-off Event
Sesame Street, Catholic Charities, and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger partner to announce a collaborative and multigenerational initiative to reduce food insecurity in the District of Columbia and prevent the life cycle of hunger. A special appearance will be made by Cookie Monster, who will greet students, many with developmental disabilities, at Catholic Charities’ Kennedy School.
You've got to see the kids' reaction when the famous Muppet dropped in. Photos here, please 'like' your favorites!

December 16:Joseph’s Closet Warm Coat Distribution
Father John helps volunteers at Joseph's Closet
The cold weather is here, and we want to make sure that everyone has a winter coat to stay warm when the temperatures drop. Our own Father John plus Fr. Jim Boccabella, Pastor at St. Francis Xavier parish, and students from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School will be on-hand filling orders, hanging donated coats and helping walk-ins find coats at the parish. So far this year Joseph’s Closet has been widely successful, collecting over 4,000 coats and distributing 2,000 in just a couple of months.  
Thank you to our volunteers, who helped families choose warm coats! 

December 16: Family to Family Holiday Party
The Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics will host an ice skating party and deliver Christmas gifts to one of our families through their Family to Family Program.  Team mascots, the Wizards girls, and the Red Rockers will be on hand and joined by a special appearance from Santa! 
HTTR! at Skins Santa Shoppe

December 17:Wizards Care
Thanks to the Washington Wizards organization, five families from Catholic Charities will have a holiday to remember through their Wizards Care Family to Family Program. The Wizards team will be making special in-person gift deliveries! 
The Yates-Glenn family were so grateful for the wonderful gifts. "We are truly blessed," said Ms. Yates, as her two grandsons - both with health problems - each opened one of their new toys. More: Photos, Washington Post write-up, and CSN coverage!

December 18:Skins Santa Shoppe
In conjunction with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s partnership with the U.S Marine Corps Touchdown for Tots Campaign, the Skins will transform the locker room at FedEx Field into Santa’s workshop for 50 of our children.  Santa Claus and the Hogettes will be on hand to greet the kids and help them select a toy.
Hail to the Skins Santa Shoppe! Photos here, plus coverage from, Comcast SportsNet, WJLA and CBS Local