Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to teaching elementary school in Richmond City and in Henrico and Spotsylvania counties, she taught preschool at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. In 2006 Long retired from Moody Middle School, where she was the sixth grade coordinator in the International Baccalaureate Program.

Long is a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, where she serves as a deacon, preschool Sunday School teacher, and on several committees. She also volunteers at a local nursing home and supports athletic programs in which her grandsons are involved. She is also a volunteer math tutor, and when time allows enjoys sewing, reading, playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with family. This year’s Christmas Mother has been involved with the Christmas Mother program since 2007, helping further its mission to provide new toys, new clothing, books, and food to qualified families with children, seniors, and disabled adults who are residents of Henrico County.

Henrico Christmas Mother is a 501(c)(3) organization and is run by an all-volunteer council made up of former Christmas Mothers and representatives of each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The organization is supported solely by contributions from the community.

Those wishing to make a donation can mail a check to Henrico Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 70338, Henrico, VA. 23255-0338. To donate online or for information about sponsoring a family, volunteering, or applying for assistance, visit http://www.henricochristmasmother.org or call 236-9741.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

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Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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