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LearningRx, a company that helps children and adults improve cognitive skills with franchises in Vienna, Reston, Fairfax, Chantilly, Leesburg and North Potomac, held a toy collection at its brain-training centers for the Salvation Army. For every five toys collected, LearningRx also donated one of its own brain-building toys.
Below are other local companies and organizations that recently performed good works.
- Washington Wizards players Bradley Beal, Rasual Butler, Paul Pierce, Otto Porter, Garrett Temple and John Wall were joined by head coach Randy Wittman, Washington Mystics player Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Wizards mascot G-Wiz and the Wizard Girls to help deliver gifts purchased at Wal-Martcourtesy Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Wall also hosted eight youths from underserved families for lunch and then treated them to shopping sprees at Wal-Mart and the Adidas store. The Kris Humphries Foundation adopted five local families, hosting them at a Wizards game and donating more than $850 worth of clothes and toys, as well as a $150 grocery store gift card.
- In December, employees from Chevy Chase-based The JBG Cos. and shoppers at L'Enfant Plaza donated up to $45,000 total for D.C. Greens, Keys for the Homeless, Homestretch and Luke's Wings.
- The Hay-Adams gave several cases of holiday decor to Keys for the Homeless, which shared the items with Access Housing, Holly House, New Endeavors by Women, Community Lodgings, Hope and A Home, Open Arms Housing and 801 East Housing Assistance. Case Design/Remodeling also donated holiday trees to Bartholomew House, an assisted living center, as well as 22 bikes to Homestretch.
- IBF Light Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson; his brother, Anthony; and their coach, Barry Hunter, donated two large truckloads of food to So Others Might Eat. The boxers also shared their story with SOME's staff, volunteers and clients, and assisted in the food line to help serve lunch.
- TLC, which partners with Feeding America, organized an event with Kate Stoltz of TLC show "Breaking Amish" and local winners of a TLC sweepstakes and their guests. The volunteers spent three hours sorting and packaging food to help hungry families this season at the Capital Area Food Bank. Other partners, including Dish Network, helped in the event.
- Employees and tenants of the Matan Cos. donated well more than 250 gifts to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign.
- About 30 CBRE volunteers from the company's Tysons Corner, D.C. and Bethesda offices partnered with Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church to donate $15,000 in critical repairs and modifications to the Pimmit Hills home of a family who needed it. The family, which included a man in his 70s who uses a walker, needed steps and small railing to its entrances and exits and had damaged walls and paint, rusted vents and a nonfunctioning HVAC system, as well as a serious gas leak — all of which the volunteers fixed.
- Centreville's Bellezza Spa held a canned food drive for Northern Family Services in Fairfax, offering 10 percent and 20 percent discounts to any clients who brought in five cans.
- Carmelo's and Monza offered gift cards to Manassas residents who dropped off toys for Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Children of Manassas.
- Simon Premium Outlets shopping areas, including Potomac Mills and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets locally, paid for holiday gifts for a few randomly selected shoppers, while also giving $25 gift certificates for them to, in turn, share with others.
- The Aetna Foundation gave a $40,000 grant to Gapbuster Inc., a nonprofit organization that features an after-school bike repair program and donates bikes to children and families in the Riverdale and Bladensburg communities.
- Community Management Corp., an Associa company, hosted its 7th Annual Vendor Fair representing more than 100 local companies in a speed-dating format, raising a record $265,000.
- The Music Center at Strathmore hosted its annual Strathmore Student Concerts with musical events across four days, including a performance with the National Philharmonic.
- U.S. Soccer Foundation entered into a two-year corporate partnership with Kwik Goal, which manufactures soccer goals and field equipment, to donate equipment to underserved neighborhoods.
- Sheehy Ford Warrenton and Sheehy Nissan of Manassas donated and delivered 400 Thanksgiving meals to local underprivileged families.
- Valbin Corp. sponsored the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore area, including a $25,000 donation and volunteer hours to serve monthly dinners to the military members and their families at the Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda.
- James G. Davis Construction Corp. raised $56,000 in a golf charity to benefit Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic.