Christmas Mother program kicks off

Christmas Mothers hailing from as far back as 1976 (Thelma Moore) gathered at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center Oct. 15 (above) for the annual coffee hosted by The Henrico Christmas Mother Council. In addition to honoring 2012 Christmas Mother Terry McConnell Brady, the event recognized several Henrico County officials, presenting Christmas Mother shirts to (below, pictured from left) retired deputy county managers George Drumwright and Angela Harper and retiring County Manager Virgil Hazelett – as well as a "work hat" to incoming County Manager John Vithoulkas.

The Christmas Mother program provides qualifying families, disabled adults and the elderly with food, clothing, books and toys during the holiday season. The application process will begin Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. at the Christmas Mother Warehouse on Dabbs House Road, and continue on Mondays through Nov. 19. For information on applying for assistance, making donations, volunteering or sponsoring a family, visit http://www.henricochristmasmother.org or call 236-9741.
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The Compassionate Friends RVA, a group for families grieving the death of a child, will hold its annual Walk to Remember from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Robious Middle School, 2801 Robious Crossing Dr. in Midlothian. The Walk to Remember is held rain or shine, and welcomes all members of the community wishing to honor the memory of anyone who has been loved and lost, whether mom, dad, grandparent, friend, coworker, neighbor, teacher, mentor or fellow church member.

Check-in and same-day registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition to the two-mile walk, the program includes guest speaker Anna Whiston-Donaldson, the NY Times best-selling author of “Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love.” Other activities include a dove release, Caring Canines therapy dogs, picnic-style lunch, bereavement resources, and a memory booth (bring a photo to share).

The registration fee is $25 per walker age 13 or older, and includes a walking bib and one lunch. Children 12 and under may walk (and eat) for free.

To register, visit http://www.compassionatefriendsrva.org and click on "2017 Walk" or contact TCF at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 458-9000. Full text

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