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Chamber's Young Professionals Help Teenagers In Need During Holidays

The Dulles Regional Young Professionals held a joint holiday celebration in partnership with the Loudoun Young Professionals on December 4 at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles.

In lieu of an entrance fee, both young professional committees solicited donations from their members and guests for a member nonprofit of their respective chamber.

In all, the Dulles Regional Young Professionals raised more than $200 in cash and gift cards for Reston Interfaith, a member nonprofit of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

As requested, members and guests of the Dulles Regional Young Professionals brought gift cards for local teenagers in need during the holiday season.

The gift cards were distributed to teenagers who are part of families that were once homeless or faced homelessness, but are working to become self-sufficient with the help of Reston Interfaith. Their families live in one of Reston Interfaith’s 50 transitional townhomes, or are part of the organization’s supportive social services and are working to become homeowners one day.

Like most teenagers, those receiving the donations just want to fit in, but even with their parents working one or two jobs, their families struggle to pay essential bills, let along purchase holiday gifts. The chamber’s young professionals helped brighten the holidays for these young people by donating gift cards to places like Target, Kohls, and iTunes that enabled them to pick out something special of their own.

Reston Interfaith distributed the gift cards to parents of teenagers in mid-December, so the parents could share in the joy of giving the cards to their own children.

The Dulles Regional Young Professionals plan to host another joint holiday celebration with the Loudoun Young Professionals in December 2013.

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