As we enter the season of Lent, a period of spiritual preparation leading up to Easter, House of Mercy invites local congregations to join hands in a special initiative. We are excited to collaborate with you to embody the three pillars of Lent – prayers, service, and gifts.

The Lenten Cross of Mercy offers a unique opportunity for families to come together and serve the needs of others during this sacred season. This program is designed to foster a sense of community and faith as we work collectively to make a positive impact. Our goal is not only to meet the immediate needs of those in our community but also to cultivate lasting values that extend beyond the Lenten season.

Open to congregations of all denominations, the Lenten Cross of Mercy is a non-denominational program that welcomes all who are interested in making a difference. Whether through monetary contributions or physical gifts, every donation benefits the clients of House of Mercy’s food pantry, dedicated to serving the Northern Virginia community. Additionally, opportunities for hands-on service are available, with scheduled activities in the House of Mercy food pantry, thrift store, and donation center. Join us on this meaningful journey of giving and service, as together we create a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve.


Learn more about the details of our Lenten Cross Program and how you can be a piLlar of hope this Lent Season.


To accept your Lenten Cross invitation or join our current roster of congregations, fill out the form below.


Embrace the season of giving with our Lenten Cross of Mercy. Click below to discover how you can contribute and share in the joy of giving.

how it works


Our staff builds, delivers and sets up a 6ft wooden cross adorned with nails and tags in your chosen location with all the necessary signage describing the Lenten Cross program to your congregants. You pick the date prior to the start of Lent you would like to have the cross delivered.


Your congregants take as many tags as they wish for service, prayer, or gifts. After filling it out, or obtaining their gift, they leave the tags at the foot of the cross. Tags include prayer requests, commitment to service at House of Mercy, gifts of car seats, gas gift cards, and monetary donations. You may provide a box or bin for this, whatever best suits your location. Monetary, prayer and service gifts will also include a link to an online portal for easier giving.


A staff member or volunteer of your choice collects all the tags and gifts to deliver to the House of Mercy. The delivery schedule is up to you, weekly, monthly, or wait till the end of the Lenten Season.


House of Mercy will pick up the cross and remaining tags and gifts at a time of your choosing, before or after Easter.

To accept your Lenten Cross invitation or join our current roster of congregations, fill out the form below.

Lenten Cross Interest Form



Discover multiple ways to make a meaningful impact during our Lenten Cross Event. Your support can take various forms, each contributing to our mission of compassion and generosity.

Click below to explore the different ways you can help this Lent season. Your actions, whether through donations, service, or prayers, make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most. Let’s come together to embody the true spirit of Lent – a season of giving, reflection, and support.

Consider donating items such as non-perishable groceries, new car seats, diapers, formula, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, or gift cards. Your generosity will make a meaningful impact on those in need.

Consider making a one-time or monthly donation to our Lenten Cross. Your contribution, in any amount, helps us make a positive impact on those in need.

Join us in creating a tapestry of support through the Lenten Cross. Your heartfelt prayers bring comfort and hope to individuals and families in need.

Your time can make a direct impact on those in need. Whether you have a few hours or can commit regularly, your service is invaluable in fostering a compassionate community.