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Good Karma Holiday Program

Good Karma Holiday Program
Key dates for 2023:

Thanksgiving basket drop-off:
October 24 – November 14

New toy donation drop-off:
November 1 – December 9

Give Joy This Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner! At A Wider Circle, we know that this time of year often presents a real challenge for families who have difficulty allocating time and money to celebrate.

Once again, we are betting big on the power of our supporters to help us give out thousands of gifts, distribute hundreds of food baskets, and sponsor hundreds of families in November and December. 

We have several ways you can help your neighbors this holiday season. Read through the options below, and download this flyer to pass out to your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and loved ones. 

Assemble a Thanksgiving Basket

Over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in families experiencing food insecurity. The Capital Area Food Bank recently found that 32% of households in the Washington region did not always know where their next meal would come from. 

What we are doing:
Each year, we give out 300+ Thanksgiving baskets to families in DC and MD. Our recipients include the residents of served by our Ward 8 Hub in DC’s Washington Highlands neighborhood, as well as clients attending furniture, clothing, and career support appointments at our Center in Silver Spring, MD.

The baskets include a set of non-perishables and a gift card for fresh grocery items. Donated baskets or individual items/gift cards can be dropped off to us in Silver Spring between October 24 and November 14, and we’ll deliver them to families in need.

Send your questions to holiday@awidercircle.org or call 301-608-3504 and dial 0 for the receptionist.

How you can help:
To help your neighbors experience the bounty of a full table, please consider dropping off a gift card and a bundle of shelf-stable items. With your help, we’re looking to fill all 300 baskets with the following items:

  • 1 $50 Safeway or Giant gift card (If $50 is not within your reach this year, you can decrease the value to $25; if the opposite is true, you can increase the value to $75 or $100)
  • 1 Cranberry sauce (whole or jellied)
  • 1 Stuffing mix (Stove Top, etc.)
  • 1 Box of Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • 1-2 Cans of Sweet Potatoes
  • 1-2 Cans or Jars of Turkey Gravy
  • 1 Box of Macaroni Noodles
  • 2-3 Canned Vegetables (low sodium preferably)
  • 1 Cornbread Mix
  • 1 Can or Box of Shelf-Stable Milk

Create a whole bag, box, or basket. Make 2 or 5 kits, even! Or, you can just contribute particular items and leave the rest to our team to assemble.

Please drop your donation off at our headquarters, the Ann and Don Brown Center for Community Service, 9159 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, starting Tuesday, October 24, through Tuesday, November 14.

Our hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Saturday. You do not need to confirm your participation or call or email ahead of time.

Volunteer to deliver or wrap gifts

We need individuals and families to sign up for volunteer shifts wrapping gifts, helping parents select gift items at our headquarters in Silver Spring, and delivering Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gifts to families in the DC area.

If you would like to help out, email us at volunteer@awidercircle.org. Existing and recent volunteers will be provided the link to sign up for shifts directly. New volunteers will first be provided with a link to complete the volunteer waiver. We will provide a brief orientation to anyone on or before their first holiday volunteer shift.

If you have any questions, please send them to volunteer@awidercircle.org or call 301-608-3504 and select the prompt to reach the Volunteer Team.

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Karma Kenny, a role model for us all.
In 2020, we renamed our Holiday Program to the Good Karma Holiday Program in honor of our long-time supporter and dear friend Karma Kenny, who passed earlier that year.

Karma was a consummate gift giver whose spirit of generosity and infectious enthusiasm for sharing her time and treasure with us, and the Holiday Program, touched all who encountered her. She truly enjoyed the act of giving and is a role model for us all. While she will be missed, her spirit lives on.

Help Us Help Our Neighbors