The Richmond County chapter of the Salvation Army gave out received donations of clothes, toys and food to those in need on December 21 for Christmas. A total of 41 families, with 88 children, were served.
Aimee Jenkins, the chapter’s chairperson who prayed with each family served, said all the work put into it was worth it in order to provide for the need in people’s lives.
“The reward I get seeing this, way outdoes the amount of time we’ve had to put in it,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins added it has taken at least 40 hours a week for the past five weeks to bring the event to fruition. She said the work included finding the families in need, calling the families and having them fill out applications and finding others to go shopping or donate money.
“Every family is getting a breakfast bag, which has never been done, not in this county anyway,” Jenkins said. “It’s something that was very important to me because growing up, Christmas was not about the presents; it was about sitting around and eating breakfast together.”
Jenkins said the bags were completely paid for by donations given to the chapter. The Richmond County Sheriff’s department helped out as well by bringing in donations from Lancaster County’s Toys for Tots program …
Read more in the December 30 edition of the Northern Neck News.