Charities struggling during the pandemic

A DC-area women’s group told WUSA9 how they adapt to still make an impact during the holidays.

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to find new ways to get things done. The crisis has particularly affected how charities are able to raise funds to help families in need over the festive period.

A DC-area women’s group told WUSA9 how they’re adapting to impact the holidays.

“In this pandemic season, now is not the time to panic. It’s time for us to pivot,” said Meedie Bardonille.

Bardonille and Jennifer Ross are the outgoing and incoming leaders of the DC Metro Chapter of Twelve Days of Christmas, whose mission is to share blessings with others through collective effort, charitable activities and community involvement. .

“We believe that giving back and caring for others is — serving others is rent that we pay here on earth,” Bardonille told WUSA9.

Each year, the Mothers and Daughters Group works to help make the holiday season brighter for families and children in need.

“We can interact with our families. We are able to speak with our parents to see what the needs are so that we can really meet and hopefully fill a gap each year,” Ross explained.

The women collect the children’s wish lists from the children, buy the presents, wrap them and present the children with things they might not otherwise have at Christmas.

However, the group’s effort looks different in 2020.

“Unfortunately, because of COVID, that’s the part we’re missing – the touch, the feeling, the hug, the smiles that we see,” Bardonille said.

“The challenges we’ve found are garnering support and reminding people that we’re still here,” Ross revealed.

These challenges include getting the donations the group needs to buy the children’s presents.

“It’s easy when you have an event and you can invite people, it’s face-to-face and people want to interact — they want to give,” Ross said. “The challenge has been to keep them motivated and aware of the event – to keep it happening.”

This year, the women are partnering with chapters across the country to digitize their fundraising efforts.

Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc. is hosting a virtual fundraising party on Saturday, December 5. There will be music, fun and an opportunity to raise funds from corporate sponsors and people who just want to give back.

“We need you to come dressed in your best,” Bardonille said. “Have your Christmas decorations behind you. Grab a cocktail because, like we said, this really is a party with a purpose.

The ladies told WUSA9 that the organization is able to continue providing gifts to the children it serves this year.

However, organizers are scrambling to find new ways to purchase and deliver items due to the pandemic.

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