HENRICO (WRIC) - The clock is ticking for 8News and Martin's annual "Share A Holiday Meal" program.
The Henrico Christmas Mother is making the holidays special for local people because of your generosity.
"Many folks in our area are either without jobs, disabled, or working and just don't make enough money to have all the things they need at home," says Harriet Long, Henrico's Christmas Mother. "So we try to help them out as best we can, just at the Christmas season. We wish we could help all year."
Harriet Long, better known as Henrico's Christmas Mother, is helping 4,800 people this holiday season. She is one of three Christmas Mothers who benefit from Share a Holiday Meal. Chesterfield/Colonial Heights and Hanover County both have Christmas Mothers. Last year, Henrico's organization received $26,000.
"The money is used to buy new clothes, new books, toys for our recipients as well as to buy meal tickets for food we can't bring in that we can buy fresh from the store meat, veggies and fruits."
This year's the goal for Central Virginia is to raise $100,000. And they're only about halfway there. 100 percent of the funds stays right in the area.
I would invite you to come into our warehouse in the eastern part of the county and see how your money is being used," Long says. "If you have not donated we could certainly use your contribution now because we have many things to do. And we could still use more money. Always."
Share A Holiday Meal runs through December 14 at Martins.
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