‘Elf shop’ helps children provide gifts for their families

Volunteer "elves" (pictured above) helped prepare Varina Episcopal Church's 'Elf Shop' (below) for disadvantaged children.

Earlier this week, Varina Episcopal Church hosted its first "Elf's Shop," an event designed to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged children to "shop" for Christmas items for their families.

In April 2009, the chuch established a food pantry to assist residents in the area by distributing meat, produce, bread and dry goods on the first and third Monday of each month. Since that time the pantry has grown from four families to 40 families and has distributed more than 40,000 pounds of food.


This year, thanks to donations of clothing, toiletries and small gift items, the children from those families were able to select a gift for their parents, wrap it and then take it home with them. The volunteer "elves" are all members of the church.

For details about the program, contact the church at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (804) 795-5340.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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It’s going to be a cold weekend so if you’re headed out to the James River Parade of Lights or the Richmond Road Runners Club Toy Run 5K in Innsbrook, you’d better bundle up! If you’re looking for some indoor ways to celebrate the holidays, check out Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story for Christmas” or “To Drive the Cold Winter Away: An Irish Celebration of the Returning Light” at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Glen Allen. Also this weekend – the Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Home Alone." For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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VA Rep on Tour will present “A Christmas Carol” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. This musical performance contains all the joy, sentiment and meaning of the classic story and is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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