KRA Volunteers for "Christmas Mother Program"

In 1942, a teacher in Henrico County, Virginia, asked her students to fill Christmas food baskets for local families in need. For the past 68 years, the Henrico Christmas Mother Program (the Program) that evolved from her charitable gesture has helped thousands of families. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individual, family, and corporate donors and volunteers, the Program provides new clothes, toys, books, and food to more than 5,000 eligible County residents. KRA partnered with the Program on December 17, 2010, when the team traveled to the Christmas Mother warehouse to assist with the distribution of gifts to disadvantaged/displaced families. Each staff member was paired with a child to help them “shop” for gifts in the warehouse store. KRA selected the Program because nearly 100 percent of the recipients are unemployed and fit our target market. Thus, during the visit, staff shared information with participants on how they can benefit from KRA’s extensive array of workforce development services that lead to self-sufficiency.