Goochland Christmas Mother Association
P.O. Box 322, Goochland, VA 23063
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The object and purpose of the organization is to provide a Christmas for Goochland County residents who would otherwise not have a meaningful Christmas.
Apply for Assistance: Saturday,
October 24 and Saturday, November 7
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Shopping Day: Tuesday, December 1 at 7am at Short Pump Wal-mart
Wrapping Day: Saturday, December 5 at 8am at Central High School Complex
In the News:
as Christmas Mother
Article in Richmond Times Dispatch, September 17, 2015
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Potts named 2014 Christmas Mother
The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced that Meta Potts has been selected to serve as Christmas Mother for the 2014 campaign.
Since moving to the county six years ago, Potts has been very active as a volunteer in a variety of projects and causes, including collecting food and other goods for the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services Food Pantry, raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project and the Goochland Christmas Mother Association and volunteering in county school classrooms.
Click here to view the complete article Published August 28, 2014 in the Goochland Gazette http://www.timesdispatch.com/goochlandgazette/potts-named-christmas-mother/article_71c728a0-2f16-11e4-82c9-001a4bcf6878.html
TO SUPPORT CHRISTMAS MOTHER 2013
50th Year for Goochland’s Annual Christmas Fund Raising Project
The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has named a Christmas Mother and Father to lead the effort for this year’s Christmas Mother project. Marc and Elizabeth Jones, long time dedicated county volunteers, will serve as the Christmas Mother Parents for the 50th year that a county leader has been chosen to support this major holiday giving drive.
Click here to view the complete article Published August 29, 2013 in the Goochland Gazette http://www.timesdispatch.com/goochlandgazette/news/couple-named-to-support-christmas-mother/article_dd2b42a0-10b5-11e3-94c5-001a4bcf6878.html
Christmas Mother Receives
$3,500 from Food Lion
Heidi Hall, Christmas Mother 2012, receives the grant check from Goochland Courthouse Food Lion store manager, David Douglas. The gift was made by the Food Lion Charitable Foundation in support of the food given by the Christmas Mother Association each year to county recipients.
Published: August 30, 2012 in the Goochland Gazette
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Christmas Mother Gets Early
Start on Fundraising
Published: July 26, 2012 in the Goochland Gazette
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Record numbers need help from Christmas Mother
Published: November 23, 2011 in the Goochland Gazette
Cases of food and staples being delivered to the Christmas Mother staging site to be sorted into packages that will be given to each recipient family.
The applications for assistance from the Goochland Christmas Mother have reached an all time high this year. More than 325 families totaling more than 850 people are seeking help in providing a meaningful Christmas for their household.
The deadline for applications has now passed and the work remains to support the record high numbers of those in need. The Christmas Mother Association expects to provide food and gifts to all qualified applicants.
“These numbers are the largest we have seen since we started in 1963”, said Kit Davison, president of the association this year. “The economy has hit so many people hard, and we are trying our best to work within the confines of the monetary and food donations we receive.”
Christmas Mother Dale Agnew has been busy speaking to churches and local organizations to ask for support. “So much of the success of this outreach is dependent on the work of our volunteers. We have a dedicated board and host of volunteers that work so hard to meet the needs and make Christmas meaningful for so many”, she said.
A part of what makes the Goochland Christmas Mother program special is shopping for gifts. “We think it is important to provide something special for each person to open on Christmas Day” said Kit Davison. “We need 60 or more volunteer shoppers to turn out on Tuesday, November 29 at the WalMart at Short Pump.” Volunteers shop from a list of family members and then turn their cart in to a special line to be checked out and loaded on a truck. The shopping begins at 7:00 am and will continue until mid-day or whenever all the shopping is completed. Volunteers are asked to come any time and stay as long as they are able.
All of the gifts will be wrapped on Wrapping Day, Saturday December 3 at the old Goochland Middle School on Dogtown Road. Wrapping will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until all the wrapping is finished around mid-day. “It is a fun way for families to volunteer and support the Christmas Mother,” Dale added.
Local organizations, churches and families have stepped up to “adopt” a family for Christmas but there is still a need for more adoptions. Adoption means providing a package of food and gifts similar to what is provided by the Christmas Mother. Adoptions of families on the list enables the Christmas Mother to further meet the needs of community.
The organization is also raffling a king size quilt, with the drawing to be made during the gift wrapping on December 3. To purchase a ticket, contact Connie Reid at the Goochland Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Christmas Mother is seeking assistance in many ways. Donations of wrapping paper, adoptions, volunteer time for shopping and wrapping and monetary contributions.
In 1957, the Family Services Society, now the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, began distributions of Christmas food baskets to families in need in Goochland. In 1963, Ms. Rodie Roberts was selected by the Society as Goochland's first Christmas Mother. Each year since then, a new Christmas Mother has been selected to lead the community in its mission to help families in need in Goochland during the holidays and throughout the year. The Christmas Mother Program is now run by a board of directors. Individuals and businesses volunteer their time, efforts, and monies to keep this worthwhile tradition running.