Ways to Give During the Holidays

The holiday season is kicking off in full-force this week with Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful time of year to celebrate with our loved ones and to enjoy all the festive events happening nightly. It is also a good time to give back to our local community. This week we have highlighted some fun ways to give back that coincide with some classic holidays events and traditions. So take a peek below and we truly hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

If You Enjoy Running
So Others Might Eat (SOME) hosts their 15th annual 5K Trot for Hunger on Thanksgiving Day. Pre-registration is closed, but same-day registration will be available for $50 per person. SOME is a local organization that helps the poor and homeless in Washington, DC. They meet the immediate daily needs of those they serve with food, clothing and healthcare. They strive to end homelessness by offering services such as counseling, addiction treatment, job training and affordable housing to the poor, the elderly and those with mental illnesses.

If You Plan to Visit Santa
When you visit Santa Claus at Tysons Corner Center, bring along an unwrapped, unopened toy and put it in the Toy Drop Box at Santa’s HQ. All toys will be donated to Homestretch, a local nonprofit that empowers homeless families with children to attain self-sufficiency while systematically addressing the multiple barriers in the paths of homeless families and end the cycle of homelessness. The Toy Drop Box will accept toys through December 23, 2016.

If You Enjoy Festivals
The Village at Shirlington holds its annual "Shirlie Lights Up the Village" event on Tuesday, November 29, from 6-8:30pm. Enjoy a Signature Theatre holiday production featuring the U.S. Army Chorus, strolling carolers, tree lighting by NBC's Chuck Bell, merchant specials, photos with Santa, Horse & Carriage rides and more! The entire festival is free, they just ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center in order to enjoy the Horse & Carriage ride.

If You Like Train Rides
Enjoy a mini train ride with your kids through Reston Town. Pick up is in front of Talbots on Market Street, first come first serve. The only charge is a donation per person, with all proceeds benefitting local charities. The train rides will occur this Friday, November 25, and every Sunday until Christmas, from 12-4pm. There will also be a Toys for Tots donation drop box for unwrapped and unopened toys in front of Talbots through December 9.