Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to register families to receive gifts from the Annual Holiday Sharing Program operated by the City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). Registration will be held at 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 on the following dates:
  • Saturday, October 10, 17, and 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Sunday, October 11 and 18 from Noon to 4 p.m.
Volunteers will take information from the parent of an eligible family and enter it in the wish list database. No computer experience is necessary. Spanish speakers are particularly encouraged to assist. Older high school students are welcome. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early.
For more information and to sign up, visit Volunteer Alexandria.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email Maurice Tomdio at or call 571.384.5244.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Clothing Donations needed for Art on the Avenue

Volunteer Alexandria is collecting clothing donations for the Scarecrow activity at Art on the Avenue this year on October 3, including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and accessories like hats and scarves. 

We still need more donations to help make this year a success! We are looking for used clothing, any sizes, including items that have tears or stains. 

If you have any items that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Volunteer Alexandria office, 123 N. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314. 
We are open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. 
Please drop off your donations by 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 29th. 
If you have any questions, please call 703-836-2176. 

Thank you for your help and please join us at the Scarecrow activity at Art on the Avenue! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hope for Accreta & ICAN Blood Drive October 3

Saturday, October 3
11:00 - 4:00
Alexandria Beatley Library
Alexandria, Virginia

Local blood recipients and placenta accreta survivors Alexis, Dawn and Marianne from the Hope for Accreta Foundation Northern Virginia chapter and members of ICAN of Northern Virginia invite you to join us at our first joint blood drive. All three placenta accreta survivors are here today because of blood donations from people like you. Our mission at this blood drive is to raise awareness of placenta accreta, promote cesarean awareness, and help women be prepared with the blood products they might need after giving birth. Please join us at our inaugural blood drive on Saturday, October 3 at the Alexandria Beatley Library at 5005 Duke Street in Alexandria, Virginia (map).

Donate Blood! If you are eligible to donate, please consider booking an appointment now with Inova Blood Donor Services through the link below by entering Sponsor Name: Hope for Accreta/ICANSponsor Code: 8131, or calling 866-256-6372. If you're not sure if you're eligible check out the eligibility requirements. At the blood drive all donors complete a short medical history, receive a mini-physical in which temperature, blood pressure and iron level are measured, recline comfortably for 5-10 minutes while donating, and enjoy light refreshments before leaving. The whole process takes about one hour. If you donate regularly be sure not to donate whole blood after August 8 in order to be eligible again - you must wait at least eight weeks/56 days between donations.
Schedule an Appointment Online
Volunteer! If you are not eligible to give blood, but can volunteer at the blood drive, we could use your help. We are in need of people to greet donors when they arrive, to serve refreshments, hand out gift bags to donors, and to watch donors' children while they donate blood. Children are welcome to help as well as long as they are accompanied by a parent.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Or do both! Allow an hour to donate blood and plan to volunteer with us before and/or after your appointment.
Bring your kids! The Alexandria Beatley library is a family-friendly location including a large play area for little ones next to the room where the blood drive will take place. We encourage you to bring your child(ren) and if you don't have someone to watch them while you donate we will have volunteers to help.
We will have food, refreshments and all donors and volunteers will walk away with a gift bag with some fun goodies. If you are unable to join us on October 3 be sure you are subscribed to our email list and we'll notify you of the next blood drive in the spring of 2016. Be an Accreta Hero and help support lives by donating blood!

Alexis, Dawn and Marianne
Hope for Accreta Northern Virginia Chapter

Members of
ICAN of Northern Virginia
Hope for Accreta is a charitable foundation that provides research and support for Placenta Accreta, Increta and Percreta patients, survivors and their families. Approximately 1 in 333 pregnancies experience placenta accreta, increta or percreta*, a condition in which the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus. There is nothing a woman can do to prevent this condition, and there is little that can be done for treatment. But we can be prepared with the blood products they might need after birth.
*Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). We are the Northern Virginia chapter, with members throughout the greater Washington, DC area. We hold support group meetings once a month, which offer a safe place for post-cesarean mothers to find healing and support and for others to learn about cesarean prevention.