Sharing the Celebration: Christmas Parties!

Every year, SMGW invites Santa and his merry band of helpers to three Christmas parties for Next Step Participants and their families. We anticipate hosting nearly 350 children (from infants to teenagers) and their parents.

This year our Silver Spring office, housed at the Church of Our Saviour, will join the Northwest DC celebration at Christ Lutheran Church. Our Skyland participants will join our other SE participants at St. Philip's Episcopal Church. Our Northern Virginia participants will be hosted for the second year at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Annandale.

Your gifts and toys, and time - in the form of volunteering - are essential to make these parties the great celebrations they will be! 

Volunteers needed for the party in SE DC Saturday, December 3 from 2-4:00 PM at St. Philip's Episcopal Church (2001 14th Street, SE) are for: (Remember, no experience is necessary to get on this sleigh!)

  • Santa Shop helpers
  • Santa Shop table workers
  • Santa Shop shoppers
  • Christmas party assistants

Gift needs include:

  • Gift cards valued at $10 - $50 (from Starbucks, Giant, Safeway, Walmart, Target, App Store & iTunes, Play Store, major department stores)
  • Flash drives
  • Head phones

To donate toys (all items must be new and unwrapped) or gift cards, for your convenience you can use our Holiday Wish List at

  • Right Side: Click Accounts & Lists
  • Under "Your Lists"
  • Click "Find a List or Registry"
  • In Search Box Type: Samaritan Ministry & Hit Enter
  • Click on 2017 Holiday Wish List. Please mark no weekend delivery.

To learn more about volunteering, or to coordinate a donation of gifts or toys before Thursday, November 30, contact our Sy Jones, Volunteer Manager, at 202-722-2280 x314 or We welcome day-of deliveries to parties! 

THANK YOU in advance for helping to make this year's parties huge successes!