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Santa’s Workshop

On December 10th, Santa came to WGB! Over 500 women and children shopped for clothes, then our “elves” took them to Santa’s Workshop. They told Santa what they wanted, then he gave them a toy…or even a bike! The excited faces of these wonderful children was heart warming.

Thanks to all the volunteers that came to make it all possible, and all the companies and individuals who did toy drives for us. It was the perfect cap to “Our Incredible Year”!

If you’d still like to be part of it, Holiday Donations are tax deductible. Just click on the ”Donate Now” button!

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop

December Store

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and Public Information Officer Alex Kowalski visited The December Store.

WGB December Store

These wonderful women from the Cold Spring Bible Study Group helped in all areas of the warehouse.

Cold Springs Bible Study Group

This group of ladies from Intercoastal Mortgage helped get the Children's warehouse section in order.

Intercoastal Mortgage

Windy Hill Foundation/The Hill School/Fair-n-Fast Hauling

WGB partnered with the The Hill School - Middleburg to provide Christmas toys and bikes to residents of the Windy Hill Foundation's low income housing community. Windy Hills Foundation has been leading the way to provide safe, quality affordable housing to low income families and seniors in Loudoun County, Virginia, Clarke County, Virginia and Fauquier County, Virginia.

Thank you to Fair N Fast Hauling LLC, who has been available to WGB free of charge, to make deliveries and pickups of toys and bikes this holiday season.

The Hill School - Middleburg

Fair N Fast Hauling LLC

Salvation Army Bike & Toy Pickup

Salvation Army had a huge need this year and we were so blessed to be able to pass on the holiday cheer to help Salvation Army support local Loudoun County families in need. Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church's Youth Group were on hand hand to help load the truck today.

Salvation Army Bike & Toy Pickup

Salvation Army Bike & Toy Pickup

WGB Bike Delivery

Operations Manager Nicole Morris got to play Santa on behalf of WGB and deliver bikes to two families in Herndon that came to Santa's workshop. The squeals of delight were memorable.

WGB Bike Delivery

WGB Bike Delivery

Project Wave - 2Sisters1Vision

These two sisters Lee Ellen & Lindsey are on an adventure for sure. They called to volunteer because their planned volunteer opportunity fell thru at the last minute. This worked out well for us because they were able to come help at the Youth for Tomorrow store day and sorting in the warehouse.

Project Wave - 2Sisters1Vision

They are traveling all 50 states, hitting 1 each week for a year-long adventure! In each state, they work with non-profit organizations to see what they do, how they do it, and understand the impact it has on their community. Virginia is their 24 state to date.

While traveling they provide daily blog and social media updates about the work they are doing and the amazing things they experience.

Project Wave was an idea that came out of a desire to learn more about opportunities for serving others as well as travel and learn more about the U.S. They hope that their journey inspires others to look for service opportunities in their own communities!

Follow them on Social Media
Facebook: facebook.com/2sisters1vision
Instagram: @projectwave2016
Twitter: @2sisters1vision Blog: projectwave2sisters1vision.wordpress.com

The sisters also left and gave us this card. Bless their hearts!

Project Wave letter

Successful Sorts

GMU Volunteers from Friday Night Sort & Store.

GMU Volunteers

Salesforce Team
They did a great job of setting up the store, building toys and sorting new donations to ready us for a full weekend of stores!

Salesforce Team Volunteers

Seneca Ridge Middle School girls and their moms came and helped on Wednesday sort thru donations on the warehouse.

Seneca Ridge Middle School Volunteers

Girl Scout Troop 5315 Vienna
These lovely young ladies helped us sort through all of the donations in the warehouse. We had a blast!

Girl Scout Troop 5315 Vienna Volunteers

We had Sprint Executives with their families volunteering at WGB.  This was arranged through Reston Association Volunteer Manager, Ha Brock. This was a good to start to building up a relationship with RA and tapping into their Corporate volunteer leads. Ha was very impressed with the warehouse and how we can easily accommodate large groups.

Sprint Executives Volunteers

Salesforce.com Spark Team
We were so lucky to get Salesforce once again volunteering with us.  They had executives here from Chicago, Atlanta and GERMANY!  They helped us pack up the toys for delivery and sort through the warehouse donations.

Salesforce.com Spark Team Volunteers

Volunteer Drives

National Cooperative Bank (NCB) donated more than 20 bikes to Santa's Workshop.

NCB employees are pictured sitting on the picks after putting together and decorating the bikes.

National Cooperative Bank bike donation

In front of the truck is Carlos (Owner) of Fair-N-Fast Hauling who picked up and delivered the bikes for free.

Carlos of Fair-N-Fast Hauling

KB Home

KB Home once again amazed us with their generosity in helping with our Toy Drive. They purchased over two dozen bikes and mobilized an army of employees to assemble them all.

There were a lot of very happy children receiving brand new bikes during the Holiday season this year thanks to Jon Adler, HomeAid Board Member and DC Metro Area President of KB Home!

KB Home bike donation

Montessori Children's House of Loudoun Coat Drive for Kids.

Montessori Children's House of Loudoun

Metronome Donation Drive

Metronome Donation Drive

Cardinal Bank
Pictured is Sopa from Cardinal Bank headquarters in Tysons. They collected a trunk full of toys for Santa's Workshop.

Cardinal Bank Clothes Drive

Nicole’s Corner
Nicole Morris

In December, the board and volunteers at WGB have been busier than ever. We are sincerely committed to providing our children in crisis with the holiday they so deserve.

Santa’s Workshop was a huge success. With the help of more than 100 hardworking volunteers, 340 children were provided toys, bikes and clothing for the holidays. Tables were decorated and adorned with piles of stuffed animals, games, toys, sports equipment, books and dolls, all which was graciously donated.

As each family came through the front door, they were greeted by our volunteers, who personally assisted each individual in choosing special items for their children. Volunteer elves bagged the goodies and helped carry them and load bikes to the cars. WGB received very positive feedback from the community, and smiles abounded throughout the day.

The squeals of delight are memorable and will resonate with us throughout the New Year. Working alongside them, my eyes have been opened to the challenges our clients face to balance feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for their families.

We must persist on being a continuous resource to those families and our shelter partners who refer them. Our goal for the New Year is to double the number of families we serve. Through a generous transportation grant from The Giving Circle of Hope and adding another “Store Day” opening on an additional Saturday we will be able to accomplish this with the help of our committed and dedicated volunteers.

We ask that you to spread the word and share our mission. We would love to offer your family and friends a tour to learn more about the work our board and volunteers do. Feel free to email me anytime at nicole@womengivingback.org.

Happy New Year!
Nicole Morris
Operations Manager at WGB

Thank You!

Big thanks to the Strittmatter Companies for the bike donation to Santas Workshop. 36 bikes and helmets were donated!

Strittmatter Companies bike donation

Thanks to the Women's Club of Greater Reston. What a great bunch of Ladies! This was their first time volunteering but they took the reigns in the warehouse and even starting directing the veteran volunteers. One lady was so sweet and took home clothing that needed mending. They had a great time and will be returning on a regular basis.

Women's Club of Greater Reston

Thank you to the volunteers from acelHRate that came to help prepare the store for YFT.

acelHRate Volunteers

Creighton Farms

Thank you to Creighton Farms Community in Aldie, Virginia.

They have been collecting clothing donations over the past month.

Thank you to One Loudoun for calling attention to Women Giving Back and having us on-hand to collect toys at your tree lighting event.

One Loudoun Tree Lighting Event

Flip & Family bike donation

Thank you to Flip and Family for the Bike donation!

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Over the course of 2016, your donations to Women Giving Back changed lives in profound ways.

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