ALA’s Washington Office serves up holiday spirit

Delivering shoebox gifts to SOME in DC

ALA Washington Office staff members Carrie Russell (left) and Nancy Gravatt deliver holiday shoebox gifts to headquarters of So Others Might Eat.

Libraries have a tradition of serving their communities, so our Washington Office staff—spearheaded by Office of Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) Carrie Russell—chose to serve our Washington, D.C. community by donating holiday shoebox gifts to homeless families through a wonderful organization called So Others Might Eat (SOME).

The holiday shoebox drive takes place each year, but this is the first year ALA Washington identified this charity as our way to serve. The way it works is that every shoebox is filled with essentials, such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving sets, underwear, socks, and hats, scarves and gloves, among other items. Each shoebox is then wrapped with shiny holiday paper and labeled whether it is for a man, woman, girl or boy, and then delivered by SOME to needy families throughout the D.C. community.

Every member of the Washington Office participated in this effort. Some brought in toiletries, others hats, scarves and gloves, and others brought additional clothing and stuffed toys to donate to families in need. Carrie even knit several hats! We spread out everything in our conference room and had two group efforts: one to sort everything so each shoebox had all the essentials, and another to wrap all the shoeboxes. Then we delivered the holiday shoeboxes, clothing and toys to SOME headquarters.

Stacks of holiday shoebox gifts awaiting delivery to families in need.

Stacks of holiday shoebox gifts awaiting delivery to families in need.

As you can see from the picture that shows the stacks of shoeboxes that have come in from many organizations and individuals, hundreds and hundreds of families will be touched by SOME’s holiday deliveries.

As we left, we turned and thanked SOME staff members for giving us the opportunity to serve.

About Nancy Gravatt

Nancy Gravatt was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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