A Conversation With The Christmas Mother

Working at Allegheny Mountain Radio has afforded me the opportunity to interview musicians, politicians, civil rights activists and a number of community leaders who use their time and energy to help people through the storms of life. The 2021 Bath County Christmas Mother exemplifies this.

The Bath County Christmas Mother Program offers holiday food, gifts, and fuel assistance during Christmas. A new Christmas Mother is appointed every fall. The program is a volunteer organization that prioritizes applicants’ needs and relies on donations from individuals, businesses, schools, county agencies, civic and church organizations.

This isn’t a country club The Christmas Mother is a meritocracy; you can’t buy your way into this sorority. Admission is earned through sweat equity, sacrifice and that Hesid Love talked about it the 25th Chapter of Saint Matthew.  How do you treat the widowed the orphaned the downtrodden and the outcast? For the 29 women who have been named Christmas Mother the answer is easy: Love them!

The following is a conversation I had with the 2021, Bath County Christmas Mother, Mrs. Missy Smith Ailstock. She shared her thoughts on faith, family and some of her personal wisdom with the AMR family.

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Danny Cardwell

Danny is the Station Coordinator for WCHG, and the host of our gospel and country hours on Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon. He and his wife Renee Cardwell live with a spoiled dog (Toddie) in Hot Springs. Danny is a Deacon at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Hot Springs. He operates Thoughtwrestler.blogspot.com and is a site administrator and featured writer for the website Dagblog.com. He has been a frequent contributor to The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show, All Politics Are Local, and Politics Done Right. Danny has tutored, lectured, and mentored at risk youth in churches, group homes, and inside the Virginia Department Corrections. He serves on the board of directors for Preservation Bath and chairs the Bath Community Hospital Patient Advisory board. danny@amrmail.org

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