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Head Start Holiday Helpers Make Season Merrier for Families

The LCPS Head Start Holiday Helpers were busier than ever this holiday season. Helpers worked tirelessly to shift the worries of 100 local Head Start families to create memorable and joyful moments. 

A thirty-year tradition, the Holiday Helper program has evolved into a welcoming shopping experience. More than 25 community members and organizations donated unwrapped items to fill a free “holiday store” for the December 19 event. Items were collected between the end of November through mid-December, resulting in more than 1000 donated treasures. Gift cards and unwrapped holiday gifts, including brand new toys, family games, stuffed animals, clothes and necessities, stocked the multipurpose room at the newly renovated Historic Douglass High School in Leesburg; every member of the Head Start families received support.

The Head Start program is a federally funded preschool program for low-income families who have a child who will be 4 years old by September 30th, or a child in the Sterling or Western Loudoun area who will be 3 years old by September 30th of the school year. The program is extremely fortunate to have donors from across Loudoun County and beyond, many of whom have helped grow the program. Community members or organizations who would like to get involved in future events may contact the Head Start office at

Published January 12, 2024