Christmas Mother campaign kicks off
Retired teacher Jeanne Hensel to lead this year’s giving effort
CHESTERFIELD — You might think it’s too early in the year for retailers to put out their Christmas displays, but it’s never too early to start thinking about sharing the joy of Christmas with a less privileged child or senior.
On Tuesday, supporters of the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program gathered at the historic Magnolia Grange house museum in Chesterfield to kick off their seasonal campaign with the introduction of this year’s Christmas Mother, Jeanne Hensel.
Hensel, a retired teacher who taught in the county for more than 25 years, has worked behind the scenes for the program for several years and is an enthusiastic supporter of its mission: “to insure that in our community, no family is without food, no child is without toys, books or clothing, and
no elder is forgotten, as we celebrate the holidays."
"I look forward to getting out into the community and telling people about us, making them aware of what they can do," she said. "I've found that most people in the county are very generous and want to help."
Hensel invited the audience to imagine the program's warehouse near the county fairgrounds as it will appear in December, stocked with "rows and rows of toys, clothes and books, ready and waiting. Picture the parents walking through and picking out certain items for their children. ... Think about Christmas morning. A child goes under the Christmas tree ... and finds a special gift that would not have been there" without the generosity of Christmas Mother supporters.
"We really do make a difference in the lives of the children and the elderly in our community," she said.
Upcoming Christmas Mother events include the program's annual fundraising auction, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Center of India, 6641 Ironbridge Parkway, Chester.
Founded in 1972, the Christmas Mother program partners with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, schools and churches to identify individuals and families who meet guidelines and are truly in need of help. Supporters shop yearround for clothing, toys and gifts and also purchase gift cards for food. Gifts and donations of money, clothing, toys, books and food gift cards are gratefully accepted.
To volunteer or make a donation, call (804) 748-1183, email email@example.com or visit the Christmas Mother website at cchchristmasmother.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CCHChristmasMother
Jeanne Hensel, the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Christmas Mother for 2017, shares her enthusiasm for the charitable program during a reception at historic Magnolia Grange in Chesterfield on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.