Thanks for helping Happy Face
The annual Happy Face Christmas program, sponsored by Fluvanna Christian Service Society, is a tremendous example of a community coming together to support its families who are struggling. It happened again on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Central Elementary School and well over 100 families were served. Churches collected new toys for children and their members bought vouchers so people could purchase necessities at local vendors. Exemplary Fork Union Military Academy cadets lined up to carry and place toys on Friday night and escort families on Saturday through the maze of colorful toys, books, treats and stuffed animals. Our local businesses came through with monetary gifts in encouraging ways, one even doubling its already generous support! Our wider community grocers in Charlottesville, Wegmans, Harris Teeter, and Giant also generously provided support so volunteers could bag up hefty meals to feed families over the holidays. Pastor June Clifford and members from Beautiful Gate led a beautiful program that told the Christmas story, complete with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, shared music, led raffles and engaged the crowd in games as they waited their turn to enter the toy area. Santa even took time from his hectic schedule to have his picture taken with the children. Thank you, all who gave of yourselves to shed light on our fellow families in need this Christmas. You are a collective inspiration.

    Pastor Ken Albright
    Happy Face co-coordinator