NORTH VIRGINIA — A Pediatric Elf Squad, sponsored by Capital Caring Health in Northern Virginia, will deliver hundreds of gifts to children Saturday at Capital Caring Health’s Adler Center in Aldie.
The gifts were donated by community members and businesses in the DC area.
“While we can’t change the prognosis for these children, it is an honor to bring vacation fun to their families,” Katherine Knoble, community and volunteer manager of the Pediatric Elf Squad at Capital Caring Health, said in a statement.
Knoble said her basement was overflowing with donated gifts as Capital Caring Health prepared for Saturday’s event. A team of elves will deliver the presents to the children on Saturday between 10.00 and 13.00 in the center in Aldie
Each child’s gift was selected by social workers and purchased by community members. My Guys Moving donated its services to transport the gifts to Capital Caring Health’s Adler Center.
“Katherine and I started talking about the Capital Caring Kids Pediatric Elf Squad in July after we completed some pretty spectacular deliveries for the kids for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day,” said Laurie Manning, a pediatric volunteer for Capital Caring Health.
Capital Caring Kids is one of the first and largest non-profit hospice and progressive disease organizations in the country. Capital Caring Health and Capital Caring Kids provide daily care to more than 3,000 patients. Patients and families affected by advanced disease receive all the care services they need, regardless of their ability to pay.
“Every child is precious and every moment with them is important,” said Tara Hoit, executive director of Capital Caring Kids. “At Capital Caring Kids, we help children from infants to young adults dealing with chronic, life-limiting medical conditions. We recognize that children and teens need a specially tailored approach with compassionate, nurturing support.”
Capital Caring Health encourages community members to volunteer. A hospice volunteer must receive 32 hours of training, background checks, and TB and COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as provide references.