SOURCE: Hopkins House

December 20, 2007 18:46 ET

Santa to Visit Hopkins House Toddlers at Child and Family Learning Center in Old Town

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) -

WHAT:       Santa visits 60 preschoolers at Hopkins House
            with gifts donated by volunteers from realtors
            McEnearney Associates, who have donated gifts
            to Hopkins House children for nearly 20 years.

WHEN:       10 a.m.

WHERE:      Hopkins House, 1224 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

WHY:        Hopkins House is a great holiday example of community support
            for the children of the local community and they are in need of
            more donations of materials and funds.

            Hopkins House is a nonprofit organization that provides
            affordable quality education for children and family
            development programs for parents from working families in
            Northern Virginia, regardless of their income. Founded in 1939,
            it is named after Dr. J. Milton Hopkins, a physician who tended
            to underprivileged children in Alexandria for more than 30
            years. Today, Hopkins House is committed to the development and
            education of all children, especially those who are
            economically challenged, and works to help them reach their
            full intellectual potential, from kindergarten through high

            Needy families may be funded by government subsidies and those
            in greatest need who often don't qualify for subsidies Hopkins
            House funds through its scholarship programs.

            Hopkins House needs to raise $1,000,000 in 2008 to be able to
            help more children in Alexandria City and Fairfax County attend
            pre-school and build a strong foundation for their life.  More
            than 2,000 children on the waiting list in Fairfax County will
            not receive subsidies this year and will miss out on quality
            pre-school education.

WHAT ELSE:  Because of the extremely limited child care fee subsidy funds
            available to low-income working families in Virginia, Hopkins
            House must raise a substantial amount of funds every year.

            --  Over the past 5 years, Hopkins House has given over
                $400,000 in grants and assistance to low-income children.
                These monies were contributed to the Scholarship fund by
                individuals and local businesses.

            --  Hopkins House Family Store - The Family Store is a great
                way to give (wish list is available to media).  Parents
                earn "Hopkins House Bucks" by volunteering in the
                classrooms, attending workshops, etc.  They can then spend
                their "Bucks" in the Family Store, which is stocked through
                donations. This helps them save needed funds and a trip to
                the store while also encouraging involvement in the school.

            --  Other ways to give – Hopkins House always accepts donations
                of age appropriate school supplies/books for the

            --  Donation phone line - (703) 549-4232 x4086

VISUALS:    Babies, toddlers and children in school rooms with Santa and
            gifts; interviews with volunteers, teachers.

Contact Information

    Kristina Messner
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