The PATH Foundation recently wrapped up their Holiday Magic program, a surprise grant cycle designed to give area nonprofits a helping hand with their holiday efforts.  Requests were limited to $2,000, and were established to support the work nonprofits do during the holidays to support the clients they serve.

Christy Connolly, PATH Foundation president and CEO, said, “Our nonprofits work year-round to support our community, and we wanted to find a way to make their holiday plans a little easier.  We are excited about all of the projects that have been funded, and we hope that our small part will make the holidays a little better for those in need.”

In total, $28,155 has been awarded to the following 17 groups for projects slated to occur during the holiday season:

Aging Together – $2,000 to purchase holiday tote bags for seniors.  The bags will be stocked with food, basic necessities and personal health items, and holiday gifts such as blankets and slippers. They will also prepare a few of the bags with small tents for emergency situations with elderly homeless clients.

Bluemont Concert Series – $1,500 to bring the Pan Masters to the First Night celebration in Warrenton on New Year’s Eve.

Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier – $2,000 to add to the holiday party goodies provided for children served at the club.

Bull Run Mountains Conservancy – $655 to host a winter bird workshop for homeschool children and their families.

Community Touch – $2,000 to provide gift cards to adults living in their shelter, who otherwise would not receive any gifts over the holidays.

Culpeper Friends of the Library – $2,000 to purchase 400 books for children who attend a holiday event at the Culpeper County Public Library.

Culpeper Toy Chest – $2,000 to add extra toys and goodies to the donations distributed through Culpeper Community Christmas Basket, SAFE and Culpeper Community Development Corp.

Families 4 Fauquier – $2,000 to host a free gingerbread house decorating event in Warrenton.

Fauquier FISH – $2,000 to add fresh fruit to the more than 500 food baskets they’ll provide to help families over the holidays.

Fauquier Free Clinic – $2,000 to provide gift cards to patients at evening clinic hours.

Fauquier Freeze – $2,000 to adopt a family from each of the five Fauquier County middle schools to bring joy to these families in need.

Fauquier Habitat for Humanity – $2,000 to host a holiday dinner as part of their Haiti Street revitalization project.

Free Clinic of Culpeper – $2,000 to provide warm socks to the patients they serve.

Hero’s Bridge – $2,000 to have wreaths on the graves of veterans at Culpeper National Cemetery

McShin Foundation – $500 to provide an ornament making party for families dealing with addiction of a loved one.

Warrenton Salvation Army – $1,500 to add funds for gifts for their Angel Tree project.

Warrenton Wood Ministry (Fauquier Community Coalition) – $500 to buy wood donated to area residents who use wood to heat their homes.

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