Covington's Christmas Mother begins work for the holidays

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COVINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) “It’s difficult to comprehend the depth of the needs in the community,” Michele Wright, the 2018 Christmas Mother, said.

She sat at a church hall that is going to be transformed into a store to do something about that need, to help some of her neighbors have a Christmas.

It’s a program that has pulled the community together for decades.

“It’s been around in some form since the 1940s," Wright explained. "I’m officially the seventieth Christmas Mother.”

Right now the rooms are empty, but in just a few short weeks they will be filled with toys, coats, blankets, and even housewares.

“We’ve had requests for wood in order to provide for the only heat source in a home," she said. "Food is always a request and a significant need for applicants.”

All to try to bring a little joy to some families who would otherwise have an empty holiday season.

“The Christmas Mother program has the ability, through loving extravagantly, to make a difference in those lives,” Wright said.