We wanted to bring Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings to families living in a hotel in Stafford County this year. Our friends at the Super Value Inn allowed us to serve the 70+ long term residents who live in the hotel because they can't afford house or apartment rentals. The staff at this particular hotel do a great job of taking care or their residents, and made us aware of a need for Christmas presents from 23 children living there.
While feeding kids and families is our primary mission, we couldn't turn away from a chance to play Santa for these kids. We appealed to the community for a separate fundraising campaign to buy toys for these boys and girls, and the response was tremendous! We were able to shower these kids with gifts and love.
Our volunteers made all this possible through donations of time and money. We had three crews at work on Christmas Day. The first group prepared the meal, the second wrapped the many many gifts, and the third served the meal at the hotel. We are so grateful for all the community support that made this possible. We are also grateful for the many great pictures taken by volunteer Lisa Haynes. See more of her work at https://charmedlifephotography.shootproof.com/
Amy White coordinated all of the gift shopping and wrapping. A huge task, which she excelled at!