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How you can help over the holidays

On our Facebook page, several people responded to a post about  the Letters to Santa program still needing sponsors. Many said they were going to send an email, to sponsor some children. Others asked for some other opportunities to help. Here are some other ways you can help area residents this holiday season:

Help people with intellectual disabilities: The Arc of the Rappahannock needs gift cards and gifts for area residents with intellectual disabilities, call 540/318-6061 or email for details.

Help the homeless: Hope House is looking for people to sponsor families living in their transitional homeless shelter for women and children. Email

Micah Ecumenical Ministries needs adult winter clothes, winter coats, thermal underwear, hand warmers, hats, gloves, scarves and small propane tanks. Call 540/479-4116. Drop off donations Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1013 Princess Anne St. in Fredericksburg.

Help senior citizens:

Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging is collecting wrapped holiday presents and $25 gift cards to area stores, such as Walmart, Target, Wegmans and Giant. Call 540/371-3375.

Home Instead Senior Care is collecting gifts for area seniors in need. You can find a tree decorated with ornaments containing gift requests at area businesses or call Home Instead to ask about needed gifts, 540/899-1422.

Help area families:

Fredericksburg Department of Social Services needs people to sponsor families in need in the city of Fredericksburg. Call 540/372-1032, ext. 249.

Spotsylvania County’s Department of Social Services needs people to sponsor families, providing gifts and food, for the holidays. Call 540/507-7896 or email (Note: while most area programs have already closed their holiday help applications, Spotsy will take families up until Christmas Eve, which means they’ll still be accepting help then too.)

Stafford County’s Department of Social Services still needs sponsors for about 200 families. If you can’t sponsor a family, you could drop off a gift for a child or a teen at the social services office, 1300 Courthouse Road in Stafford, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Coordinators hope to get gifts by Dec. 12 so they can be distributed on Dec. 13. Call 540/658-8732.

Rappahannock Big Brothers/Big Sisters needs sponsors for families in need, call 540/371-7444 or email

SERVE needs food for food boxes, $10 gift cards to grocery stores, $20 gift cards to Walmart, Target or Best Buy, gifts for teenagers and toiletries. Drop off donations at 15 Upton Lane in Stafford or call 540/288-9603.






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