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Pack the Pod

Just a reminder that the Rappahannock United Way’s Pack the Pod drive started yesterday. It runs through Sept. 16. You can drop off donations at the storage pod in front of the United Way offices.  Here’s how it works:

Rappahannock United Way is collecting much-needed items for local people in need. The agency is focusing its collection efforts on its three areas of concern: education, income and health.

Items requested are:


  • Calculators
  • New clothes or gift cards to buy clothes
  • Pens and pencils
  • New shoes or gift cards to buy shoes
  • Paper
  • Rulers


  • Gift cards for hair cuts
  • FRED bus tickets
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Phone cards
  • Underwear
  • New business clothes
  • Gas cards


  • Over the counter medicine
  • Toilet paper
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Vitamins
  • Adhesive bandage

All donated items must be new and in their packaging.The Pack the Pod drive  will kick off at Rappahannock United Way’s Campaign Kickoff Breakfast on Aug. 23. and will continue

through Day of Caring on Sept. 16.

On the Day of Caring, the collected items will be given to area agencies helping people who are homeless, poor or disabled.

For details, contact Sarah Kadis, Coordinator of Community Resources, 540/373-0041 ext. 316 or