Church of the Holy Cross
2455 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027-1225



Saturday, May 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come and paint with us—no experience necessary! We help you explore your creative side, and we provide the tools needed to paint something wonderful. You just need to be willing to enjoy some good music, food, and other people also looking to spend an afternoon doing something fun and creative, that gives a gift to another.

Pathways to Housing in Washington, DC distributes the art to its clients. Pathways clients are people who are no longer homeless, and have moved into permanent new homes. The paintings are made available to the clients as housewarming gifts from the communities that sponsor the painting sessions. To sign up, contact the Rev. Jamie Samilio at

Comfort Cases Packing Party

Sunday, May 19, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Share some love for foster kids by shopping for items and helping fill backpacks. Many youth in foster care will be moved from home to home multiple times, carrying their life’s treasures in a trash bag. We are partnering with Comfort Cases to provide these youth with some essential items and a sense of dignity. Every child deserves to pack their belongings in a special bag that they can call their own.

We gather at 5:00 to pack cases for an hour and then share a simple dinner at 6:00. All are welcome to pack cases, purchase items for cases (watch for sales now), or do both. We are focusing on the big kids for this event so we need XL-XXXL pajamas for boys and girls.

Shop for items now and bring them on May 19:

  • Pajamas size Adult XL-XXXL for boys or girls
  • Soap/body wash travel size, new and unopened
  • Shampoo/conditioner travel size, new and unopened
  • Deodorant travel size, new and unopened
  • Body Lotion travel size, new and unopened
  • Books used (well loved) are best!
  • Journals new with lines (no composition books, please)
  • Pens & pencils mechanical pencils & retractable pens preferred
  • Stuffed animals new with tags

Not in our area?--That is OK, just click on the link below to help foster love & dignity for foster kids!

Join the Parish Lunch Line

In May, we gather in the parish kitchen on Sunday, May 19 to make sandwiches for clients of Northern Virginia Family Service's Bailey's Crossroads shelter or the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. After our 10:30 a.m. service, we work for about 45 minutes to assemble and package sandwiches with the supplies we have on hand. All are welcome to come help out for as much time as you can spare. We are always accepting donations of lunch meat, cheese, and bread.

CHO Food Pantry

The Committee for Helping Others (CHO) houses a food pantry that provides food and other basic supplies to its clients. Holy Cross collects items on a weekly basis to help support this program.

You are invited to bring in items at any time and place them in the red wagon outside the sanctuary. You can also help by delivering the contributions to CHO as needed.

They are currently in need of cooking oil, pancake mix & syrup, grape jelly, Spam, kids' snacks, tomato sauce, laundry detergent, bar soap, dish soap, shampoo, and diapers, sizes 4 and 5.  Please only consider those items on this list at this time.   Our weekly red wagon donations are very much needed and appreciated by CHO.  Thank you for your continued support!   

New Household Items Needed

Pathways to Housing is accepting donations of clothing and household necessities for their clients who are moving into housing. We are hoping for only new items for Pathways to Housing clients as they make their fresh starts in their new homes. Pathways is in need of: men's shoes, sizes 11, 12, 13, 14 * new men's underwear, sizes L, XL, and XXL * sheets and blankets * pots and pans * cooking utensils * TVs or radios * Lysol wipes * dish soap * flatware * laundry detergent pods * brooms/mops * paper towels * toilet paper * trash cans * bath towel, hand towel, washcloth sets * dish towels * cutting boards. Donations can be put in the bins at the top of the stairs in the Narthex.