We held two "Giving Parades," drive-through outreach events to collect supplies for several organizations we partner with. On July 4th and September 5th, parishioners and those in the community donated toiletries, food, blankets, baby supplies, books, and more.
At our September event, we collected—
- 2 van loads of food for CHO
- 2 van loads of food for Cornerstones
- 15+ boxes of school supplies, diapers, masks and personal care items for Second Story
- 20+boxes of pajamas, blankets, toiletries, books, and baby items for Comfort Cases.
- Hundreds and hundreds of personal care items for Lamb Center.
At Holy Cross, we seek to be Christ's hands and feet in the world, serving those in need in our community and around the world. We do this by partnering with established programs that are engaged in improving the lives of those in need and giving hope to anyone seeking a better life. There are many ways to make a difference in the world.
You are welcome to join us in any of the programs listed here.
We collect shelf stable food items for the Committee for Helping Others' food pantry, which serve food insecure families in our immediate surroundings. Donations are delivered to CHO on a weekly basis.
Personal Care Items
Parishioners donate shampoo, soap, and other personal care items that are delivered to the Lamb Center, a day shelter in Fairfax County.
Parish Lunch Line
The third Sunday of every month we gather in the parish kitchen to make sandwiches for clients of Northern Virginia Family Service’s Bailey’s Crossroads shelter. 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.
United Thank Offering
Parishioners drop coins in their blue boxes as they count their blessings twice a year. The funds are gathered and donated to UTO, which provides grants to groups seeking to serve the world.
During Lent, parishioners are invited to sponsor a student who is suffering from malnutrition, by paying for daily breakfast at St. Augustine's Primary School in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.
In November, parishioners pick up grocery bags and shopping lists to purchase Thanksgiving groceries for struggling families served by Second Story.
During Advent, we collect Christmas presents to be donated to CHO, which makes them available to their clients free of charge. Struggling families can choose gifts for their children at the Christmas store in mid-December.