Nonprofit Hosts Holiday Shopping for Hundreds of Kids

More than 1,000 Loudoun children shopped the day away on Saturday, picking out holiday gifts for their parents at the Sterling Park Baptist Church.

Community Empowerment of Northern Virginia hosted its eighth annual Winter Wonderland Shoppe as part of its Holiday Assistance Program on Saturday, Dec. 14 for kids to shop for gifts to give their parents this holiday season. The kids were allowed to pick out two gifts, or one large item, to give their parents on Christmas morning. Those gifts ranged anywhere from bath products, blankets and slippers to car products and jewelry—all provided by local businesses, like Amazon and Target. To get the gifts to the Baptist church, Sterling-based Carmack Moving & Storage donated its services.

The kids and their parents also were treated to live holiday music and food from Chick-fil-a, Jersey Mike’s, Ledo Pizza, Papa John’s, Cinnabon,Joe’s Pizzaria, Mission BBQ and Wing Stop.Each family additionally had the option of picking up a free coat from among hundreds donated by the Sterling and Fairfax Burlington Coat Factory locations.

At the end of the day, families were invited back in to fill up trash bags with whatever items were left over.

Next weekend, the tables will turn and give parents the chance to shop for their kids. On Saturday, Dec. 21, the nonprofit will welcome parents back to the church to shop from among 10,000 new toys at its annual Holiday Toy Shoppe.

Other event sponsors includedIgnite Kingdom Church in Leesburg, Reston T-Shirt & Graphic Design, Key Graphics, Yankee Candle, the Sterling Wegmans and The School of Joshua Ministries.

Community Empowerment Northern Virginia is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families, single moms and at-risk youth in the region by providing community-based services that support, guide and inspire families to build the skills necessary to prevent crises. To do that, it focuses its efforts on the S.E.E.D. philosophy—support, empower, educate and develop.

A couple young girls wait patiently as a Community Empowerment of Northern Virginia volunteer wraps the gifts they picked out for their parents this Christmas season. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]
A young Community Empowerment of Northern Virginia volunteer works hard wrapping gifts during the nonprofit’s Winter Wonderland Shoppe on Saturday. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]
A six-piece band serenaded the hundreds of families that came through the Community Empowerment of Northern Virginia’s Winter Wonderland Shoppe on Saturday. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]
A young Community Empowerment of Northern Virginia volunteer helps a boy pick out a bracelet to gift his mother this holiday season. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

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