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Give A Boost to Dads for Father's Day

Between April and June, we collaboratively collect gifts local businesses, organizations, and individuals want to donate to dads who need to spend Father’s Day in a local pediatric medical facility to care for her child who has a complex medical condition. Eliana’s Light combines all the gifts into gift bags that we deliver to our partner medical facilities: Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, HSC’s Pediatric Center, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Children’s Hospital.

If you are a local business that sells a wellness-related item (e.g. healthy food) or provides a wellness-related service (e.g. massage), please let us know if you can make a donation to this effort. We’re always excited to partner with local businesses that want to make a positive impact in the community in which they work.

If you are a member of our community, and would like to help us find local businesses that would like to contribute and/or make the packages for dads, please contact us. We're seeking donations of gift certificates in $10 denominations to places like Starbucks, Dunkin', Panera, Chipotle, Cava, and other healthy-ish chains and also gas stations that have locations close to the participating medical centers in DC, MD, and VA. We also welcome toiletries, foot massage rollers, and similar self-care items dads may use. We'll then use them to fill 600 total gift bags.

We look forward to collaborating with you to support local dads! Please email to let us know your interest. Thank you!

We’re so grateful to the dozens of individuals and to the following organizations and businesses that have already confirmed their contributions: Children’s National Medical Center (volunteer doctors with their children donating to and packing gift bags; staff distributing gift bags), CIVITAN (gift card and toiletry donation, volunteer service day), Compass Coffee (gift cards), Fit4Mom of Montgomery County (gift cards and toiletries donation, volunteer service day), Growing Foods Bakery (baked goods donation), HSC Health & Residential Services (volunteer service day), Lollipop Kids Foundation (donated items for gift bags; organizing volunteer gathering to make items for gift bags), Spring Valley Pediatrics and Stork (gift card donations), and The Nanny Network (gift certificate donations).