Goochland Christmas Mother Association
P.O. Box 322,  Goochland, VA 23063

Make a DonationAdopt a FamilyVolunteerApply for AssistanceChristmas Mothers PastBoard Members and Officers

2019 Christmas Mother

Robin Hillman

contact by email

Call the Christmas Mother Hotline,
804-556-3411.  Leave a message with your phone number and it will be directed to the appropriate committee representative. 

Follow on Twitter @GlndXmasMother

To make a donation:
Donation are accepted and greatly appreciated year round. Visit our "Make a Donation" page to make a donation using PAYPAL or mail your donation to:

Goochland Christmas Mother
P.O. Box 322
Goochland, VA 23063

Please click our "Make a Donation" link above to view the Wish List of items the Christmas Mother Association needs.



Our Mission:

The Goochland Christmas Mother provides food, new clothing, toys, books, and other essential items to qualified Goochland County families with children, seniors age 60 and older, and disabled adults during the holiday season. The Goochland Christmas Mother Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

How can YOU support our neighbors to ensure a merry Christmas?

  • Adopt a family                                                     Volunteer your time

  • Donate canned goods                                          Donate new clothing items

  • Donate new toys                                                 Donate new English and Spanish books

  • Give monetary donations                                     Donate new household supplies

Important Dates for 2019

Apply for Assistance: Saturday, November 2 and 9, 2019
Click on the "Apply for Assistance" link for locations and more details

Shopping Day:   Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Short Pump Wal-Mart

Wrapping Day:  Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8AM at the Central High School Complex,
                                                       2748 Dogtown Road, Goochland, VA

Distribution Day:  Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Central High School Complex

In the News:

Christmas Mother Named for 2019

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced that Robin Lee Hillman has been selected to serve as Christmas Mother for the 2019 campaign.  A Goochland native, Robin is passionate about serving her community.

I am so honored to be asked to serve the families of Goochland County as this years Christmas Mother Robin said in a recent interview.  I have always thought this was such a special program, helping those in our community during Christmas, bringing some of the joy of the season to those in need.

Watch The Goochland Gazette for full press release in early September (link coming soon)

Winston is this year's Christmas Mother

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced Kavis F. Winston has been selected to serve as Christmas Mother for the 2018 campaign. A long time Goochland resident, Kavis is passionate about serving her community.
I am honored to serve the families of Goochland County as this years Christmas Mother, Winston said in a recent interview. I am so excited to work with our nurturing and supportive community to make this holiday season bright for our countys families and their children.

Click here to read complete article from the Goochland Gazette

Christmas Mother Named for 2017

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced that Elizabeth Beth Ferguson has been selected to serve as Christmas Mother for the 2017 campaign.  A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Beth has been an active Goochland resident for 23 years.  She is passionate about working with the students in our community and has twice been recognized as Randolph Elementary School Teacher of the Year where she has taught for 13 of her 21 years in education.
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A Gathering of Christmas Mothers Past

The Christmas Mother Association recently held a luncheon for all past Christmas Mothers.  We we able to get photographs of many past Christmas Mothers to update our "Christmas Mothers Past" webpage.  Click on the link above to see the wonderful volunteers who have made the Christmas Mother Program what is is today!

Taylor will serve as Christmas Mother
Article in Goochland Gazette, July 7, 2016
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Gordon tapped as Christmas Mother
Article in Richmond Times Dispatch, September 17, 2015
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Potts named 2014 Christmas Mother

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced that Meta Potts has been selected to serve as Christmas Mother for the 2014 campaign.

Since moving to the county six years ago, Potts has been very active as a volunteer in a variety of projects and causes, including collecting food and other goods for the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services Food Pantry, raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project and the Goochland Christmas Mother Association and volunteering in county school classrooms.

Click here to view the complete article Published August 28, 2014 in the Goochland Gazette


50th Year for Goochland's Annual Christmas Fund Raising Project

The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has named a Christmas Mother and Father to lead the effort for this year’s Christmas Mother project.  Marc and Elizabeth Jones, long time dedicated county volunteers, will serve as the Christmas Mother Parents for the 50th year that a county leader has been chosen to support this major holiday giving drive.

Click here to view the complete article Published August 29, 2013 in the Goochland Gazette

Christmas Mother Receives $3,500 from Food Lion
Heidi Hall, Christmas Mother 2012, receives the grant check from Goochland Courthouse Food Lion store manager, David Douglas.  The gift was made by the Food Lion Charitable Foundation in support of the food given by the Christmas Mother Association each year to county recipients.

Published: August 30, 2012 in the Goochland Gazette
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Christmas Mother Gets Early Start on Fundraising
Published: July 26, 2012 in the Goochland Gazette
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Record numbers need help from Christmas Mother
Published: November 23, 2011 in the Goochland Gazette

Contributed Photo
Cases of food and staples being delivered to the Christmas Mother staging site to be sorted into packages that will be given to each recipient family.

Contributed Report

The applications for assistance from the Goochland Christmas Mother have reached an all time high this year.  More than 325 families totaling more than 850 people are seeking help in providing a meaningful Christmas for their household.

The deadline for applications has now passed and the work remains to support the record high numbers of those in need. The Christmas Mother Association expects to provide food and gifts to all qualified applicants.

“These numbers are the largest we have seen since we started in 1963”, said Kit Davison, president of the association this year.  “The economy has hit so many people hard, and we are trying our best to work within the confines of the monetary and food donations we receive.”

Christmas Mother Dale Agnew has been busy speaking to churches and local organizations to ask for support.  “So much of the success of this outreach is dependent on the work of our volunteers.  We have a dedicated board and host of volunteers that work so hard to meet the needs and make Christmas meaningful for so many”, she said. 

A part of what makes the Goochland Christmas Mother program special is shopping for gifts.  “We think it is important to provide something special for each person to open on Christmas Day” said Kit Davison.  “We need 60 or more volunteer shoppers to turn out on Tuesday, November 29 at the WalMart at Short Pump.”  Volunteers shop from a list of family members and then turn their cart in to a special line to be checked out and loaded on a truck.  The shopping begins at 7:00 am and will continue until mid-day or whenever all the shopping is completed.  Volunteers are asked to come any time and stay as long as they are able.

All of the gifts will be wrapped on Wrapping Day, Saturday December 3 at the old Goochland Middle School on Dogtown Road.  Wrapping will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until all the wrapping is finished around mid-day.  “It is a fun way for families to volunteer and support the Christmas Mother,” Dale added.

Local organizations, churches and families have stepped up to “adopt” a family for Christmas but there is still a need for more adoptions.  Adoption means providing a package of food and gifts similar to what is provided by the Christmas Mother.  Adoptions of families on the list enables the Christmas Mother to further meet the needs of community.

The organization is also raffling a king size quilt, with the drawing to be made during the gift wrapping on December 3.  To purchase a ticket, contact Connie Reid at the Goochland Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Christmas Mother is seeking assistance in many ways.  Donations of wrapping paper, adoptions, volunteer time for shopping and wrapping and monetary contributions. 



About the Christmas Mother Program:

In 1957, the Family Services Society, now the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, began distributions of Christmas food baskets to families in need in Goochland.  In 1963, Ms. Rodie Roberts was selected by the Society as Goochland's first Christmas Mother.  Each year since then, a new Christmas Mother has been selected to lead the community in its mission to help families in need in Goochland during the holidays and throughout the year. The Christmas Mother Program is now run by a board of directors.  Individuals and businesses volunteer their time, efforts, and monies to keep this worthwhile tradition running.

  Click here to view the article
"Dale Agnew Named Christmas Mother"
from the September 7th issue of the Goochland Gazette