How To Help

Please consider making a donation to DC Candlelighters or contributing items from our wish list. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff – 100% of your donation goes to help families and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

THANK YOU for supporting DC Candlelighters and helping us provide hope to families in our area fighting for their childrens’ lives.

Questions? Please contact us at


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As an all-volunteer organization, DC Candlelighters relies heavily on donations. If you are interested in contributing items, please contact

  • Gift cards to restaurants near one of the hospitals we serve
  • Gift cards for gas
  • Gift cards for groceries
  • gift cards
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Target gift cards
  • Grocery Gifts Cards

Volunteer Your Time

Please email us if you are interested in donating your time to help local families fighting cancer. Contact us at:

Fundraising Suggestions

Individuals, clubs, scout troops, student councils and employee groups have come up with creative ways to support children with cancer that don’t involve collecting money.

  • Host a Sock Hop at your school or church and make the admission fee a new pair of socks.
  • Host a Pajama Day at your school, college or workplace to raise awareness. Kids in treatment spend a lot of time in PJs – ask participants in your PJ day to bring a new set of pajamas for DC Candlelighters’ kids.
  • Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or high school graduation by asking for donations of gift cards, toys or art supplies for kids with cancer.

Use your imagination and have fun!

Sponsorship and Support

Event Sponsorship 

Sponsoring a DC Candlelighters event is a great way to generate positive brand awareness among your customers and our supporters. When you sponsor a DC Candlelighters event your name and logo are included on program materials. DC Candlelighters accepts monetary donations as well as donations of goods and services. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call us at 202-747-7191

Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Mother-Daughter Spa Night
  • Father-Son Sports Night
  • A Day at the Pumpkin Patch
  • Halloween Party
  • Winter Holiday Party


Employers, schools, church groups and scout troops can build team spirit while supporting DC Candlelighters!

  • Organize a coin drive, dress-down day, bake sale, carnival, raffle or talent show.
  • Employers can tie fundraising for DC Candlelighters to meeting wellness goals.
  • Help with our holiday party by purchasing gifts or gift cards for members of a family struggling financially as they care for a critically ill child.
  • Sponsor a collection effort at any time of year to gather toys, books, games and comfort items for our New Patient Care Bags. Collections make a great community service project for scout troops, honor society and other clubs.