The Bath Christmas Mother Shop Is Open At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Through December 9th

Hot Springs, Va – Work is underway at the Bath Christmas Mother shop to help make Christmas brighter for those in need in Bath County. Volunteer help is needed with wrapping items at the shop and the program is still seeking donations. Household items are needed and the Christmas Mother shop accepts new and very gently used items. Angie Keyser is the 2011 Bath Christmas Mother.

“Well I would just hope that everybody in the community, anybody who hears this, would take a look around and see what they can do to help out some families,” says Keyser. “You might have an item, you might have some money, you might want to come in here and see which people are left to be adopted or sponsored for Christmas. And you can take a look and see what the items are that people need. We welcome anybody to stop in the shop and talk to us and see what the items are. The families, their names are confidential, but we can let you see the things they need.”

Volunteers are in the shop wrapping gifts and Carol Duffie from Atlanta helped for the first time this year.

“I’ve heard of Christmas Mother forever, since we’ve been coming up here and I’ve always wanted to participate,” says Duffie. “It’s so easy, just walk in and get a little station and have your wrap and start wrapping the gifts. It’s the most organized event that I’ve ever volunteered for. I just hope that anybody who feels they want to do a little bit of something for someone this Christmas can just feel free to come over to St. Luke’s and say What can I do’? And you will get a friendly response and be drawn in and it’s just a great way to feel a part of Christmas.”

Kim Brown is helping to manage the Christmas Mother Shop.

“I think it’s a wonderful program for Bath County,” says Brown. “And it’s a wonderful place for people to get involved. Donations are coming in, we’d love to see lots more come in, but it’s going wonderfully. We have lots of people still out there shopping. There’s still some people that need to be adopted or shopped for. We’d love some more help with that. Come out and volunteer, come wrap with us, come sort with us and have some fun and some Christmas Spirit.”

Sandra Phillips says giving to others is the most fun about volunteering at the Christmas Mother shop. This is her third year helping out and she hopes to be at the shop each day that it’s open.

“I’m here at the shop, we’re wrapping presents,” says Phillips. “People have been so nice to bring stuff in and it’s just overwhelming. If you really don’t know what the Christmas Mother Shop is all about, just stop by, we’re right here at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and we would love for you to stop by, visit and chat with us.”

Kay Alexander also helped out with the wrapping.

“I love coming to wrap,” says Alexander. “I love to see the gifts that have been picked out, I love the people with whom I’m wrapping. I just think it’s an incredible program. Makes me feel I’m contributing to the community projects. I love being here at St. Luke’s who has so kindly offered to let us have this space to organize the program.”

The Bath Christmas Mother shop is located at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs. It will be open until Friday December 9th , daily from 9 until 3.

For more information call 540-839-5683 or stop by St. Luke’s.

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Heather Niday

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