Since we opened our doors in 2018, community has been the driving force behind everything we do. And while a big part of that is bringing people together in our space, another major part is giving back. In just over two years, ALX Community has raised thousands of dollars for Spring2ACTion, donated $18,000 to ACT for Alexandria, made more than 18,500 sandwiches for the homeless and children, and, most recently, created and launched the Alexandria Drive-In, which brought Alexandrians together in a safe and fun way during the pandemic, while raising more than $130,000 for local non-profits.
The pandemic has changed not only how we go to the movies, but also how we volunteer and give back, particularly during this holiday season. If you’re looking to contribute to those in need, whether with food donations, money, or even server tips, here’s a list of ways you can do so. Small actions go far to bring joy to those who need it most, especially this time of year, especially this year.
Amazon Wish Lists
Captial Area Food Bank, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and more have created Amazon Wish Lists, a convenient way to make donations from your home. (Drop-offs to Capital Area Food Bank’s NoVa location can still be made at 6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
On weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., drop off non-perishable items including canned fruits and vegetables, boxed or bagged cereal, rice and pasta, pasta sauce, cooking oil, bread, non-refrigerated juice, peanut butter, and canned chicken and fish or tuna. at Christ House, 131 S. West St., Alexandria, VA 22314.
While Holiday Sharing sponsored donations have wrapped up for the season, Alexandria City Department of Community and Human Services is still in need of gift cards for children and teens who may come into care over the next few weeks, and grocery store gift cards for families and seniors. Gift cards can be mailed or dropped off to: Holiday Sharing Program, Department of Community and Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301.
Little Free Pantries
Drop off dry goods to these repurposed Little Free Libraries around Alexandria. Dry food items, paper products, masks, Clorox wipes, and more are all deeply in need and will fit inside these little spaces.
Donate unused or expiring air miles to this non-profit, a parter with United Airlines. Miles4Migrants will match your miles with those affected by war, persecution, or disaster and have legal approval to travel but cannot afford airfare.
The pandemic has created a major blood shortage, and the Red Cross is urging blood donations during the season of giving. If you’re healthy and capable, please consider donating. Find a location near you to make an appointment.
Use this database to search by school and find your child’s teacher, which then links to his or her Amazon Wish List for the classroom.
Virtual Tip Jar
Support your favorite server in Alexandria by donating to his or her Virtual Tip Jar (note: he or she must make their own profile for receiving tips; there is no write-in option).