Jasmine Kuzner went to the National Center for Children and Families to just donate off a few items, but ended up throwing a party.
"I felt really drawn to it, and the people who work there are very responsible," Kuzner said, adding. "As a mom, it's a hard thing to do to teach kids to give."
NCCF, based in Bethesda, provides residential programs and foster care for homeless families, victims of domestic violence and vulnerable adolescents.
Kuzner is working with the center to throw a holiday fun party on Dec. 17th at The Little Gym on Lamberton Drive for about 20 of the children that NCCF serves and their families.
She owns The Little Gym with her sisters. The kids, from newborns to 9-year-olds, will spent an hour having fun in the gym and have dinner afterward.
"We're going to make it as fun as possible," Kuzner said, adding that the school-age children would have not had a meal since lunch.
While neighbors have been generous in donating food for the party, Kuzner says that donations of dessert and other snack foods would still be welcome.
In addition to the party, The Little Gym is holding a donation drive through the end of the year for items on NCCF's wish list. While the center will take any donation, their current wish list includes toiletry items, backpacks, gift cards, baby items and art suppliers. Checks made out to NCCF will also be accepted.