This year, more than 2,300 community members have received grocery vouchers, books, toys and gift cards from Richmond Christmas Fund.
This year, more than 2,300 community members have received grocery vouchers, books, toys and gift cards from Richmond Christmas Fund. Photo submitted
Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, as people spend time with loved ones, exchange gifts and have a festive meal, but for many low-income families, the holiday season can also be a time of heightened stress and shame.
But, this year, more than 2,300 community members who are struggling financially will be able to put food on the table and toys under the tree, thanks to the Richmond Christmas Fund.
Richmond Christmas Fund, operated by Richmond Care, Richmond Gives (RCRG), has provided low-income residents with grocery vouchers, toys, books, and gift cards.
The achievement would not have been possible without support from the Christmas Fund’s 80 volunteers, who contributed nearly 1,500 hours registering clients, sorting donations and distributing grocery vouchers and toys, according to Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of RCRG.
Gavsie added that many individuals and businesses stepped up to help by donating to virtual campaigns, contributing to community toy drives and participating in the Christmas Fund’s online auction.
Registration details for next year’s Christmas Fund will be available in September, and posted online at rcrg.org.
Source/ Richmond News