About Us

The Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program is a nonprofit, charitable organization that was established in 1972 by Miss Lucy Corr, then superintendent of the Chesterfield County Welfare Department. The program has expanded over the years to include Chesterfield and Colonial Heights and is currently managed by a committee of volunteers. The program’s purpose is to help families, elders, and foster children not be forgotten during the holiday season.

Our Mission

The mission of the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program is to ensure that no family is without food, no child is without new toys, books or clothing and no child or elder is forgotten as we celebrate the holidays in our community!

Watch the time-lapse video below to see the Christmas Mother team in action!

What We Do

Work directly with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, schools and churches to identify individuals and families in need.

Encourage participation from local schools to provide gifts, donations and volunteers.

Arrange sponsors who provide toys, clothing, books and food to families or elders.

Shop year-round for clothing, toys, and gifts at reasonable prices and also purchases gift cards for food.

Accept gifts and donations of money, clothing, toys, books and food gift cards from those in the community who wish to share with others.

Operate the Christmas Center, distributing gifts to disadvantaged recipients.

Bonnie Cauthorn, Christmas Mother 2022 

Photo by Oh!Shoot Photography

The Christmas Mother

A Christmas Mother has been chosen each year since 1979 to represent the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother. She is the public spokesperson for the program.

Would you like the Christmas Mother to appear at your event?

2023 Executive Committee

Chairperson Phyllis Poats
Vice-Chairperson Susan Hastings
Immediate Past Chairperson Kathy Fox
Treasurer  Donna Goad, Asst. Dona Link
Recorder Carol Ricker
Christmas Mother Bonnie Cauthorn

Board of Directors
  • Diane Starke, Chairman
  • Dona S. Link, Secretary
  • Martha Miles
  • Bonnie Inge Bell
  • Sarah Tatum
  • Kathy Fox, Ex-Officio
  • Trustee Emeritus: Lucy Corr, Shirley Hudson, Karolyn Soyars, Sandy Noel

The Fall 2022 Committee.  A few were members were not available for the photo, but still a vital part of our team.