Provided by House of Mercy
Christmas with Mercy, a special gifting program for the children of qualified clients of House of Mercy Food Pantry, will be held on Dec. 15. Individuals and community organizations donate gifts for the children who receive food and clothing aid from the House of Mercy (HOM).
More than 350 low-income children are eligible to receive free gifts this year. HOM Staff and volunteers of HOM are planning the gifting program.
The Christmas with Mercy Program
Jessica Root, Executive Director of HOM, said, “We are excited to continue this program for the eighth consecutive year. It is so important to be able to show God’s love and mercy and the importance of Christmas through this program of giving.” HOM requests all gifts be priced in the $20-25 range, so that the giving is equitable.
Children qualify for gifts based on their parents’ participation in the numerous free classes at HOM. These classes are also available to the greater Manassas community free of charge. The classes have included Personal Money Management, ESL, Cooking and Nutrition and faith formation.
How to help
Felice Hilton, Assistant Director of HOM, says, “We love to welcome groups and individuals to help with the event. People may visit our website then follow the link to our SignUpGenius page to sign up online for their volunteer job and time. Volunteer slots start on Thursday, Dec. 13 and end with the event on Saturday, Dec. 15, when our client parents come to the gift distribution.”
Gifts are accepted at the HOM Donation Center (8162 Flannery Court, Manassas). Gifts must be received by Thursday, Dec. 13. Because client children might be receiving only one gift, HOM requests the gifts to be valued in the $20-$25 range.
For more information about the House of Mercy’s “Christmas with Mercy” program, how to register as a client, or to donate financially, email [email protected] or call 703-659-1636.