By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: January 3, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Extreme cold, more than 11 inches of snow and a bout of high winds, didn’t deter the Dinwiddie Christmas Sharing Foundation from accomplishing their mission of brightening the holidays for local families as they were able to complete their distribution last week after having to postpone the event due to that weekend’s earlier snowstorm.
The foundation hosted its annual distribution on December 18 at Eastside Enhancement Center after having to postpone the event by a week due to the mid-month snowfall that coated the county in a foot of snow.
With the snow becoming a distant memory, the Dinwiddie Christmas Sharing Foundation, dedicated volunteers got to work preparing over 1,500 new toys for happy families and their children, ranging from books, to magic tricks, basketball, soccer goals, bikes, and many more that were ready to find new homes during their annual distribution.
“We cannot have Dinwiddie’s children getting cold, so we had a warm and cozy room, where hats, scarves, gloves, and coats were available for families to choose,” remarked both Gerald and Nita Massengill, the foundation’s Christmas parents for the year. “Shoppers were there to help parents with their shopping needs. Food Lion gift cards were also distributed to every single child.”
“Dinwiddie Christmas Sharing Foundation, Incorporated, is an important program in Dinwiddie County,” and is near-and-dear to my heart, said Kathy Young, Chairperson for the foundation. “It helps to put a twinkle in the eyes of children. Each year, it grows with the smiles of new volunteers! Eastside Enhancement Center becomes a winter wonderland of joy and love every December.
She continued, “High school students give their time to help this endeavor come true. Volunteers from all over the county work diligently preparing all year to help make this happen. From signing people in, to escorting them to pick out their toys, to helping them load their cars, it takes every single volunteer to make this grand event possible.”
During the Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors meeting held on the same day as the distribution, County Administrator Kevin Massengill, who is also the son of the foundation’s Christmas parents, shared his thoughts on the event and the role the Dinwiddie Christmas Sharing Foundation.
“As I walked around, they were down to about seven more families that were left but, by then, they had already served well over 200 families,” Massengill said, while also praising and thanking the dozens of volunteers who make the foundation’s efforts become reality.
“About 80 to 100 people all volunteering in some form to make this program happen, particularly during the holidays where people can be so busy, it’s truly special.”
The Christmas Sharing Foundation truly betters the lives and hearts of the people assisted by their efforts. Giving a family a wonderful Christmas is a remarkable gift—a gift that will surely stay in the mind, heart, and soul of a child forever.
Donations and volunteers from the community help to make this wonderful program happen every year.
The foundation thanks the residents and businesses of Dinwiddie County for all of their generosity and support!
If you would like additional information on this program, or to learn how you can help, please call Kathy Young at (804) 691-2823.
The work does not end when the toys, food, clothing, and all of the other treasures are distributed. In just a week or two, it will all begin again.