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‘Christmas with Mercy’ for local poor in Manassas

“Christmas with Mercy,” a special gifting program for the children of qualified clients of House of Mercy Food Pantry in Manassas, will take place Dec. 15. Individuals and community organizations provide gifts as a special Christmas donation for the children who receive food and clothing from the House of Mercy.

Staff and volunteers are planning the gifting program for more than 350 low-income children eligible to receive free gifts this year.

“We are excited to continue this program for the eighth consecutive year,” said Jessica Root, executive director. “It is so important to be able to show God’s love and mercy and the importance of Christmas through this program of giving.”

House of Mercy requests that all gifts be priced in the $20-25 range, so that the giving is equitable.

Children qualify for gifts based on their parents’ participation in the numerous free classes at HOM, which are available to the greater Manassas community. The classes include personal money management, ESL, cooking and nutrition, and faith formation.

“We love to welcome groups and individuals to help with the annual event,” said Felice Hilton, assistant director.

Hilton said that volunteers can go to the website and follow the link to the SignUpGenius page. Volunteer slots start Dec. 13 and end with the event Dec. 15.

Gifts are accepted at the HOM Donation Center located at 8162 Flannery Court, Manassas. Gifts must be received by Dec. 13.

Find out more

For more information about the House of Mercy’s “Christmas with Mercy” program, email info@houseofmercyva.org or call 703/659-1636.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018