Glee alums are coming together this holiday season to honor Naya Rivera’s memory by supporting a cause that was once very close to her heart.
Several actors, including Matthew Morrison, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Jane Lynch, and Chord Overstreet recently announced the Snixxmas Charity Drive in honor of Naya, with contributions going towards Alexandria House, a transitional residence for women and children. Before her untimely and tragic death earlier this year, Naya donated both financial contributions and her own time towards Alexandria House, describing her involvement with the organization as “the biggest blessing.”
The new charity drive (named for Naya’s annual “Snixxmas” holiday party) aims to pay homage to the late actor’s passion for volunteer work, especially during a time of uncertainty and stress amid COVID-19. “This has been a hard year for so many, including the women and children of Alexandria House,” reads a note on the charity’s official GoFundMe page. “They have not only encountered the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, but have also suffered a major loss when one of their two residences caught fire, displacing families and damaging the property.” As of Saturday afternoon, December 5, the GoFundMe has raised $67,000 of their $100,000 goal.
In a video about the fundraiser, Naya’s former castmates explained the purpose of the project. “As the holiday season approaches, we can’t help but reflect on the year that’s passed,” Kevin says before the camera pans to Jenna, who adds: “And this year, the thing we’re thinking about most is our incredible friend Naya and the wonderful memories she’s left us with.”
Later in the clip, Matthew notes that all of the actors will be making a donation to Alexandria House in Naya’s name, and that the GoFundMe was started so fans can contribute as well. “We ask you all to join in our effort to bring a little Snixxmas cheer into the lives of those in need,” finishes Jane.