Melwood’s Miracle on 23rd Street Ushers in Holiday Season for Crystal City Neighborhood

Melwood’s Miracle on 23rd Street Ushers in Holiday Season for Crystal City Neighborhood

December 11, 2019

UPPER MARLBORO, MD, December 11, 2019 – For more than 50 years, Miracle on 23rd Street has ushered in the holiday season for the Crystal City and Aurora Highlands neighborhoods and the time-honored tradition returned this year on Friday, December 6.

More than 400 neighbors and families from across the area kicked off the holiday season with Miracle’s festive community tree lighting and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus who arrived at the event on an Arlington County firetruck courtesy of Fire Station 5. There was food, face painting, cookie decorating, and an exciting new virtual reality experience. Melwood also announced a new partnership with the Arlington Food Assistance Center and collected canned goods to help families in the Arlington region.

Melwood, one of the leading nonprofit employers of people with disabilities and wounded veterans in the Greater Washington D.C. area, hosted the event at their Crystal City campus.


Melwood is pleased to recognize the following sponsors for making this free, festive community event possible:

Gold sponsors Silver sponsor Bronze sponsors Community Sponsor
Burke & Herbert Bank JBG Smith Extreme Pizza
    • Federico’s/Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant
    • Geva and Jane Real Estate Group
    • Aurora Highlands Civic Association
Los Tios Grill


About Melwood

Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,500 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides employment and support services to veterans and active-duty military members who have experienced service-related trauma or injury. For more information, visit

Media Inquiries

Jewelyn Cosgrove
Vice President of Government and Public Relations
O: 240-846-3952
[email protected]


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