- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 6, 2009

The holiday season is young, and many opportunities still remain to do good unto others. Here are a few, most suggested by the nonprofit Greater DC Cares:

Gift wrapping — Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic of Metropolitan Washington needs help staffing the gift-wrapping table at Borders Books in Friendship Heights, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, every day through Dec. 24. Volunteers are asked to do a two-hour shift during store hours. If you would like to help, contact Carol Remington at 202/244-8990 or [email protected] and let her know what day and time you could be a wrapper. For more information, visit www.rfbd.org.

Stuff a Truck — The Capital Area Food Bank is hosting its annual Stuff a Truck food drive from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday. The group is looking for volunteers to help collect food donations and load them onto trucks for transport. Volunteers can participate in one of three shifts: 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at four Giant locations, Brentwood Plaza, Montrose-Rockville, P.G. Plaza and Greenbriar. For more information, send e-mail to [email protected]

Adopt-a-Family — Fulfill a Christmas wish for one or more families in transitional housing. Contact Community Family Life Services directly to be matched with a family; more than 100 families need support. For information or to sign up, contact Kelly Barry at [email protected] or 202/347-0511, ext. 415.

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Santa’s Secret Shop — Looking to donate goods or volunteer during the holidays? Parkview Recreation Center is looking for extra hands and goods for its Santa’s Secret Shop event, which runs through Dec. 25. Kids will be shopping at Parkview for gifts to give to their parents. There will be six shifts during a school day in late December, as well as organizing opportunities for people who are unable to take the day off work. For more information, send e-mail to Nuri Heckler at [email protected]

Day of service — The Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s 23rd annual December 25th Day of Service features about 1,000 volunteers who work in two- to four-hours shifts, serving about 10,000 people with various services and projects, including serving meals to seniors and preparing food for the homeless. For more information and to register, visit www.washingtondcjcc.org.

Meal delivery — IONA Senior Services supports the delivery of seasonal meals to isolated seniors. From 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 25, IONA will expand its weekend meal delivery program to provide a holiday meal for a larger number of homebound seniors. Ten teams of volunteers, each consisting of a driver with a car and one or more helpers, are needed. For more information, contact Lylie Fisher at 202/895-9425 or [email protected]

Gabriella Boston


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