The holiday season is usually brimming with festivities and joy as people across the world celebrate their faith, their families, and themselves. However, this year COVID-19 may present formidable challenges to underserved communities hardest hit in the wake of the pandemic. For those families who may have experienced a layoff, a death in the family, or a wave of economic instability, it’s important our community remains mindful and supportive of those who may need a little extra love this season. The last several months have wedged an already abrasive divide in our community between those who have abundantly much and those who struggle to meet the bare minimum. Basic needs and food for many working people have become commodities, which, even prior to the pandemic, proved difficult for many.
While United Way of the National Capital Area is continuing to deliver food, economic assistance and basic needs throughout the late fall and winter, it’s also important to remind our young community members and families that they are valued, appreciated and loved—despite the barriers they may be facing. The holidays can be extra challenging for homes that, to no fault of their own, can’t afford to buy presents for their children. However, now more than ever, while kids are stuck at home for the duration of winter, sending them gifts to celebrate themselves, their families and each other during this difficult time can touch the lives of many in our community
In partnership with Aetna, United Way of the National Capital Area supported a Joy for Toys drive to empower the homes of children in our community who don’t have enough. Toys brought in through the drive will be delivered locally to families in need through our Community Schools.
To learn more about our work and to join us in lifting up all our community members visit unitedwaynca.org.