In 2017, we wanted to bring Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings to families living in a hotel in Stafford County and we did it in a BIG way. 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/
We missed 2018 due to our Executive Director being deployed to Iraq, but we're looking to celebrate Christmas with our hotel families again in 2019! If you want to support this mission, donate at www.paypal.me/sfsinc and be sure to include "Toys" or "Food" to tell us how you want us to put your donation to work!