At the Holiday Party at Essex Village on December 23, parents were given a chance to buy gifts for their children from a wide selection of donated items, which included games, puzzles, toys, and books. Each item was priced at 25 cents, allowing the parents to hold on to their dignity by actually buying gifts for their children, and not simply receiving charity.
Christy Somerville was at the book table, helping parents choose age-appropriate books for their children. Christy recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Reading from VCU. She has worked as a literacy coach and a reading specialist. Her vanity license plate says, “RD2KDZ.”
She’s all about it.
And so she was dismayed to hear some of the parents say they didn’t want to spend their 25 cents on books, that they would rather spend it on something a little flashier, a little more fun to open on Christmas morning. That’s when she pulled Steve Blanchard aside and said, “Look, I’m going to put a book in each of these shopping bags. I’ll make a donation to cover the cost.”
That’s what she started doing—picking out age-appropriate books for each of the children who came by and slipping them into the parents’ shopping bags. But when the crowd died down a little she found a place to sit on the floor, open a book, and do what her vanity license plate tells her to do: read to kids.
I love this picture of a little girl who is finding out that “Enchanted Stories” can be exactly that: enchanting. And if you look closely at this picture you can see the Kingdom of Heaven coming to Richmond, Virginia, and the joy it brings to those who bring it.
Blogger’s Note: I will be traveling to Georgetown, Kentucky, today to participate in a two-day pastor’s conference, and staying through Sunday to preach at Faith Baptist Church—the church where I became a Baptist, served as a youth minister, was licensed to the ministry, and married the pastor’s daughter. It’s going to be a very special occasion. But because of all that (and because I will be away from RVA) I will probably wait until I get back on Monday to continue my day-by-day report on our year-long, every-member mission trip. Until then, give me something to report on! You can send your KOH2RVA news to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be glad to hear from you.