Ways to Give Back to our St. Mary’s Outreach Partners during the Christmas Season


Find the organization or donation opportunity that is right for you!

For additional information or questions, contact Jackie Wright, Chair of Outreach at Jacqueline.a.wright@gmail.com, or reach out directly to our partners!  

Arlington Food Assistance Center, https://www.afac.org/donate-food/

Accepting food donations throughout the holiday season, but their preferred wish list includes:

  • Baking Flour
  • Cooking Oil
  • Low sodium canned soup
  • Low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce)
  • Low sodium canned tuna
  • Low sodium canned beans
  • Low sodium canned vegetables
  • Low sugar cereal

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)

Help brighten the holiday season for more than 400 children and their families living at APAH properties!  Donations of children’s gifts, gift cards and monetary donations are being accepted now through December 5th.  To participate, contact Kim Honor, Volunteer Chair at khonor@macrodg.com or Emily Button at ebutton@apah.org or 703-276-7444 ext 115 no later than December 1st, 2015.

Arlington Pediatric Center, Outpatient Clinic through the Virginia Hospital Center, serving low-income patients: Contact Kerri Kilbane at kkilbane@virginiahospitalcenter.com for more information or details about making a donation.   Wish List Includes:

  • Adult and child-sized coats 
  • Diapers, any size any brand
  • Baby items such as clothes, rattles, bottles, blankets

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, http://www.a-span.org/get-involved/donation-opportunities/a-span-wish-list View A-SPAN’s most up-to-date needs on the above website, including:  

  • New adult clothing items
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Blankets
  • Backpacks

Call ahead before making a donation- (703) 228-7803.  Additionally, consider volunteering with our monthly bagged meal program, by contacting Outreach Committee liaison, Margot Ellis at margot.m.ellis@gmail.com.

Doorways for Women and Families, http://www.doorwaysva.org/donate/seasonal-ways-to-give/holiday-wishes-campaign/

Adopt a Family this Holiday Season, supporting them with donations and gift cards.  Complete the form found at the link above and send to Veronica at vfloyd@DoorwaysVA.org or by fax at 703-522-4338.  

Similarly, families can Adopt-A-Room in the family Home and Safehouse, to help provide supplies such as food, toiletries, playroom toys, and other household items.  Complete the form found at the link above and send to Veronica at vfloyd@DoorwaysVA.org or by fax at 703-522-4338. Please call 703-504-9293 for more details about ways to support Doorways!

Friends of Guest House, http://www.friendsofguesthouse.org/waystohelp_wishlist.html   The comprehensive wish list found on the above webpage includes current client needs such as:

  • SmarTrip metro cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Clothing
  • School supplies
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Household paper products

For any wish list donations, also contact them to arrange donation logistics: call 703-549-8072 or send email to info@friendsofguesthouse.org.

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), http://www.oaronline.org/donate/make-a-donation/

  • $15 SmarTrip® cards (metro & bus)
  • $20 Target gift cards
  • Standard copy paper
  • #2 pencils
  • Composition notebooks
  • Whiteboard dry erase markers, erasers, and cleaners


Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, http://samaritanministry.org/content/wish-list

Samaritan Ministry’s ongoing wish list includes personal hygiene items, transportation cards, job interview supplies (portfolios, briefcases), and laundry detergent.  Contact the staff in advance of a donation.

Shirlington Employment and Education Center, http://www.seecjobs.org/

In addition to the donation items listed on the website, Director Andres Tobar (andrestobar45@gmail.com) included these items on his wish list for the Center’s clients:

  • Hats and Gloves
  • Monetary donations to provide rotisserie chicken dinners for their workers at Christmas