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  • The Christmas Mother Story The Christmas Mother Story

    The Christmas Mother Story

The Christmas Mother Story

Story Courtesy of: LAURA KEBEDE Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Downtown YMCA became Richmond Christmas Mother Kathie Markel’s workshop Tuesday morning, complete with eight helpers in holiday-themed headband boppers.

Markel’s helpers, otherwise known as Circle of Friends, have wrapped donated presents for the organization since its program Christmas Connection started 15 years ago.

What once started as an open call for families who could not afford Christmas presents for their children has transformed into an effort aimed at disadvantaged children already in YMCA programs, downtown YMCA executive director David Kunnen said.

This year, instead of presenting gifts to children at their annual holiday event, parents will receive the gifts so their children can open them Christmas Day. This way, Kunnen said, parents will be more involved in the process even though most of the children know the gifts came from YMCA donors.

“Christmas becomes a stressor for these families,” he said. “It’s not going to rob any parents of their dignity.”

Many parents over the years have gone from the sidelines to partnering side-by-side with the YMCA, Kunnen added.

The Downtown YMCA’s Christmas Connection 2013 program started last month in its lobby with more than 100 tags representing children from Woodville, Fox and Holton elementary schools and the organization’s preschool on Main Street on its Christmas tree. There are still 20 more children in need of donations. The children receive a coat, hat or gloves and an item from their wish list.

The Richmond Christmas Mother Fund was established in 1935 by The Richmond News Leader to provide needy children and families with toys, clothing, food and other assistance during the holidays. It later became a joint project with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Richmond Christmas Mother is selected each year as a representative […]

  • A day to grow with Peter Paul A day to grow with Peter Paul

    A day to grow with Peter Paul

A day to grow with Peter Paul

Late this summer the team from MFCB spent 3 days in the Peter Paul neighborhood clearing land and working with team members from Capitol One to install a community garden. We love to see the transformation of green space for a neighborhood to enjoy. Pretty soon pumpkins will be popping up everywhere you look.

  • Follow friend Andy Stefanovich Follow friend Andy Stefanovich

    Follow friend Andy Stefanovich

Follow friend Andy Stefanovich

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  • Helping Bring the Skins to RVA Helping Bring the Skins to RVA

    Helping Bring the Skins to RVA

Helping Bring the Skins to RVA

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