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Holiday Helping

Want to help teens this holiday season? The Chaplin Youth Center needs some items for the at-risk youth staying in its group homes.

The center is looking for: gloves and scarves, board games and card games for kids ages 13 and older, drawing kits, craft supplies, watches, jewelry, toiletries, hand-held games, school supplies for high schoolers, books, DVDs (PG-13 and below) and gift cards.

To help, call 540/834-3844 or email

Want more opportunities to help? Check out the Rappahannock United Way’s holiday guide.