2011 Christmas Mother selected
Citizen Staff Reports 10/03/11
Community volunteer Bonnie L. Abernathy has been named the 2011 Henrico Christmas Mother and already is at work with hundreds of schools, businesses, civic organizations, church groups and individuals to help Henrico citizens experience the the holiday season.
Abernathy has worked for Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, a non-profit mental health facility for children, and served as volunteer co-chairman with the Henrico Christmas Mother toy committee since 2004. She was nominated to serve as this year’s Henrico Christmas Mother because of her history of service to the organization and her commitment to her Varina community.
The mission of the Henrico Christmas Mother is to provide new clothes, toys, books, and food to qualifying Henrico families, the elderly and adults with disabilities during the holiday season.
Tax-deductible donations to the 501(c)(3) organization may be made online at http://www.henricochristmasmother.org or mailed to Henrico Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 70338, Henrico, VA 23255-0338. For details about volunteering, sponsoring a family or applying for assistance, visit http://www.henricochristmasmother.org or call the Henrico Christmas Mother at 236-9741.
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
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The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Henrico Police are both presenting community events tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway brings together community service providers, embassies/consulates from Latin American countries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community. The Division of Police’s Community Day will feature demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office, as well as family activities, food, entertainment and more. Other events this weekend include wine, chess and theatre! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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