Boxes of Basics - Member SpotlightBoxes of Basics, was founded in August 2018 by Sarah Tyndall – It is a local nonprofit dedicated to providing high-quality clothes to clothing insecure children living in Prince William County + the cities of Manassas + Manassas Park. Each Box of Basics contains an entire seasonal wardrobe curated for an individual child.

Sarah’s inspiration came when she assisted a mother of four in need of clothing for her children. This small act of kindness evolved into Boxes of Basics, a community-driven 501(c)3 that supports families facing challenges like homelessness, domestic violence, medical issues, job loss, children in foster care, refugee family displacement, and more.

Since its inception, Boxes of Basics has engaged over 400 volunteers + provided wardrobes to more than 4,500 local children in over 70 Prince William County schools + organizations from Haymarket, Gainesville, and Bristow, to Manassas, Woodbridge, Lakeridge + everywhere in between.

Deb Jewell, Director of Community Partnerships, shares more below about herself + B.O.B!

• Tell us a little about yourself + Boxes of Basics!
With over 40 years of experience in Prince William County, Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge + connections to our mission of empowering children by providing seasonal wardrobes packed with dignity and love. She is dedicating her time to connecting individuals + businesses with opportunities to support B.O.B.

In her own words, “I’ve had a lifelong career connecting devices, but I have made a life connecting people. I am thrilled to bring my passion for the community to the role of Director of Community Partnerships at Boxes of Basics!”

• What is a memorable moment you can share about B.O.B.?
In August 2023, the Boxes of Basics headquarters relocated from a space in Old Town Manassas to a large, rented warehouse located at 9239 Mike Garcia Drive in Manassas. The move was necessary to help us meet the growing demand for our services.

• How did you get involved with HGBA + what do you like most about being part of our networking community?
I have been involved with HGBA for over two decades + have served on the Board of Directors. HGBA is the place for making connections + as a result I have made many lifelong friends along the way. I love how we come together to support each other + how we highlight the amazing work of so many local nonprofit organizations.

• Are there any upcoming goals or projects that you or your business are excited about?
I am excited about our first ever Summer Charity Classic! This is a series of three events in July that will be held at Dominion Valley Country Club. Tickets are on sale now and I would love to see my fellow HGBA members there!

Saturday, July 20th Pickleball Tournament – SOLD OUT

Monday, July 22 Join us for a memorable day of golf at Dominion Valley Country Club’s Summertime Charity Golf Classic, leading into a cookout celebration
Monday, July 22 Want to golf for a cause but not quite ready for a tournament? Join Dominion Valley Country Club’s Summertime Charity Golf Classic Clinic for a fun day of golf instruction with our fabulous team of teaching pros!

Friday, July 26 Beach Bash! Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with tropical vibes, food, and live music at Dominion Valley Country Club!
More info here!

• Share something about yourself others may be surprised to learn!
I have a newfound love for pickleball! My husband Greg got me started and we are competing in our first tournament as a husband-and-wife team at the Boxes of Basics Summer Charity Classic!