The Amazing Raise is a 36-hour give-a-thon that kicks off at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17th and goes through 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th. Here’s how the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother is getting ready for the big event!
“The Amazing Raise is a cutting edge means of making the larger community aware of the truly great work being done by our dedicated crew of volunteers with the Christmas Mother Program.”
– Diane Stark, 2014 Christmas Mother
How are you getting ready for the Amazing Raise?
This is our first year participating in the Amazing Raise and we are promoting our participation through our Facebook page and asking our volunteers to help spread the word through email and good old fashioned word of mouth. This year, we are excited that one of our supporters, the law firm of LeClairRyan, has generously agreed to match, up to $1,000, any donations made during the Amazing Raise. This is a wonderful way for our supporters to maximize their donations during this event. It’s easy to do and the money raised during the Amazing Raise will go directly to the purchase of toys, food, books and clothing for our clients, helping our neighbors build wonderful memories this Christmas Season. Donations are welcome year round and we hope that we’ll get a few new donors during the Amazing Raise!
What does the Amazing Raise mean to you?
For over forty years, the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Program has been instrumental in creating warm and lasting memories for the needy of the Chesterfield Colonial Heights area. It is thrilling to be involved in this event, which allows us to raise awareness and provide so much happiness to those who need the community’s assistance. The Amazing Raise is a cutting edge means of making the larger community aware of the truly great work being done by our dedicated crew of volunteers with the Christmas Mother Program.
What would you like people to know about your organization?
Christmas evokes many cherished memories, a feeling of love, family traditions, music, worship and celebration. We can have a positive influence on the happiness and feelings of security and love for needy children, including foster children, in Chesterfield and Colonial Heights during the Christmas Season through the work of the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Program. In addition to assisting families with children, we also make sure our elderly residents are not forgotten during the holidays, and we work to ensure that these citizens have what they need to celebrate a memorable Christmas.
We have many volunteers help with set up and shopping in our Christmas Center. If you want to see what we do first hand, this is a great opportunity to do so! We also have individuals, families and businesses who sponsor families or elderly individuals, purchasing gifts, books, clothing and gift cards for food to make their holidays brighter. We provide shopping lists ahead of time and a specific day to drop off the purchased items at our Christmas Center. As we approach the holidays, everyone should be looking for one of our gift trees at one of many area businesses, including Wal-Mart and Steinmart. Simply choose one, or more, gift tags from the tree, make your purchase and leave it at the store. Our “elves” will pick up the donations and make sure they get to our clients!
What impact have you made in the community?
Our volunteers work throughout the year collecting donations for needy children and the elderly in our area. Last year, our committee served 1,878 families, representing more than 5,900 individuals. In a tough economy, that’s a hard task, so our success depends on the generosity of individuals, civic groups, churches, businesses and schools in our community.
Share with us what you’re planning this year and what the Amazing Raise means to you, by commenting below!