Families first celebrates families during the holidays

More than 100 people attended the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Families First holiday party on Dec. 5 at the Bensley Community Center.

Seventy-eight adults received prizes donated by community partners, while 46 children filled their goody bags with candy and healthful snacks, such as apples and oranges. Each child also received a new book. A delicious lunch was provided, and new friendships were formed.

 The Chesterfield Health Department administered 17 flu and 11 Tdap vaccines to adults.

Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services’ Families First program not only offers information to first-time parents who participate in the voluntary program, but also hosts holiday celebrations and an annual graduation to help foster positive family memories and help develop a sense of community. Bilingual workers assist those who are not fluent in English.

Families First is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia. It provides first-time parents with information, videos, and activities about childbirth preparation, child health and development, parenting and parent-child interaction, and local resources, such as pediatricians, child care providers and other services.

For more information, contact Andelicia Neville at NevilleA@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8648.

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