By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: January 27, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
Community invited to organization’s first 2019 meeting next month
DINWIDDIE – Even though the Christmas season of 2018 remains a fresh, but waning memory in the minds of many, as the new year kicks into the high gear, unbelievably, without so much as taking a breath, breaking stride, or missing a beat, the Dinwiddie Christmas Sharing Foundation has already begun preparations and planning for its 2019 distribution program for this year’s Christmas season.
Dinwiddie’s Christmas Sharing Foundation’s distribution had to be delayed and rescheduled last month due to the unusually large snowfall in December.
The Foundation was finally, in the Saint Nick of time, able to make its joyous and always much-anticipated distribution at the Eastside Enhancement Center on December 18.
During the just-passed Christmas season, the Christmas Sharing Foundation had over 1,500 new toys awaiting very happy families and their children. There were dolls, books, magic tricks, games, basketball goals, footballs, and so many other toys, of every type and description ready for homes.
The foundation also gave out 60 shiny new bicycles. There was a “Warm and Cozy” room with coats, gloves, mittens, and scarves of every color, size, and description for all family members.
In addition, every single child received a Food Lion gift certificate, with a family receiving a gift card for each child they had in their household.
For organizers, last year’s Christmas Sharing Foundation distribution event surpassed everyone’s expectations—and brought countless smiles to families and their children across Dinwiddie County!
“The volunteer support we received this year was overwhelming,” said Cathy Young, Chairperson, Dinwiddie Christmas Sharing Foundation, Inc. “Because of the schools being closed due to the snow, we lost a lot of the help that we usually have from the high schoolers. The community saw the need and pitched in. As always, the help from County Administration was tremendous. The Sheriff’s Office, as they always do, pitched in so many ways. Marie Grant, County Administration, was so helpful in getting the information out to the residents of the county. Our Christmas Parents, Gerald and Nita Massengill, were all over the county spreading the word about our program, which brought in countless contributions and volunteers. So many people help us in making this a reality every year, and we are so very grateful to each and every one of them.”
The foundation is now actively working in acknowledging contributors with thank you notes and will hold its first “formal” meeting in February.
Amazingly, they have already received contributions of beautiful new bicycles and toys from Walmart—and most of us have only just finished winding-down from this Christmas.
Chesden Self-Storage has once again generously donated storage facilities for the Foundation’s precious wares. So, the Christmas Sharing Foundation’s mission is truly a year-round effort, and there is no time to rest on their laurels as they are hard at work for the coming Christmas season, which is less than 350 days away.
“Though Christmas has come and gone, the need of so many in the county has not, so the work goes on,” said Young. “We have to make decisions on what worked really well this past year, what did not, whether or not we will continue with the school supply drive during the Summer for those children in need of these supplies prior to the beginning of school in the Fall. There is much to be done. When all is said and done, I always say, and I truly feel, that there is nothing quite like putting a twinkle in a child’s eyes.”
Going forward, the Christmas Sharing Foundation is always in need of monetary and tangible donations, along with volunteers.
The types of volunteers needed to vary from a strong need for volunteers that are technologically-minded and computer-literate, to those with good secretarial skills, to those that can lift and sort, to those that can put bicycles and other items together, to just about anyone willing to lend a hand.
The Foundation will hold its first general meeting of the new year, open to all, in February. Those interested in attending the meeting, volunteering, or having thoughts or ideas, please call for more information.
Any person, business, potential sponsor, organization, or activity that would like to obtain additional information on Dinwiddie’s Christmas Sharing Foundation, or to volunteer to help in any way, may contact Cathy Young at (804) 691-2823.
Donations may be sent to the Christmas Sharing Foundation, P.O. Box 462, Dinwiddie, Virginia, 23841.