The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother had its origins in a program founded by Miss Lucy Corr at the end of the Second World War. Not unlike the situation today, many of the brave men and women who have chosen to serve the country in the armed services, return wounded (physically and/or psychologically). Then, as now, the jobs were not there or they did not provide the income necessary to provide for their families.
In 1945, Miss Lucy Corr, as the first director of the Social Services Department, recognized the need of the community, especially at Christmas. She enlisted assistance from the police chief and began the charitable delivery of food, clothing, and toys to many of those families.
By 1972, the needs and demands of the growing population were such that “Miss Lucy” enlisted numerous volunteers to help organize and fulfill the mission. That mission is “to ensure that in our community, no family is without food, no child is without toys and clothing, and no elderly person is forgotten as we celebrate the holidays.” A very noble mission indeed! Today, the numbers requesting assistance have grown to over 69,000 and budget is substantial for such an undertaking.
On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Barbara McHale, spoke to the Chester Lions Club about the organization, its history and growth, and ways that members of the community can get involved with and donate to this non-profit, charitable organization which has incorporated and is a 501c3 for taxation purposes. So, please find Christmas in your heart and share the love with those less fortunate in our community through your gifts.
There are numerous ways to get involved in this worthwhile cause. Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Sponsor a family by providing new clothes and toys for the children and a food certificate for the family. Call the Christmas Mother Office 748-1183 or 751-4657 to request a family.
- Make a monetary donation. (No food is given, only gift certificates.) Make checks payable to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother, P. O. Box 2500, Chesterfield, VA 23832 or online at http://giverichmond.guidestar.org .
- Donate new clothes and new toys at the Christmas Center at Krause and Courthouse Roads. The Center is in operation this year, weekdays only, from December 2nd to December 17th, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Volunteer at the Christmas Center. Contact their office at 748-1183 or 751-4657, to schedule a time to volunteer.
Submitted by Lion Carelyn Sheppard.