Homeless Shelter Sees Large Increase in Donations for Christmas

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Donations poured into the Valley Mission all day on Monday, and this may have been the biggest year for donations in the mission's history. Donations at the Valley Mission picked up since the week after Thanksgiving.

“We have had an outward expression of love that is over and above what we could ever ever thought of asking for at this time of the year,” said Beverly Robinson, assistant executive director of the Valley Mission.

The mission tries to give every guest a present for Christmas, but this year, neighbors wanted to buy gifts for entire families. They called to ask what size clothes the children wear and showed up to donate items.

“We do something every year for an organization,” said David Matheny, a donor, “Last couple years, it was Avanti Nursing Home. We took stuff to the residents there. It makes you feel good anytime you can help somebody out.”

An entire storage closet was packed full of gifts and living essentials and all these items were donated by good neighbors.

“It's going to be nice here. A lot of children are here. It looks like a lot of people are showing a lot of love this year. Thank God. Jesus is getting better everyday,” said Roger Kenner, a guest at the mission.

Organizers at the mission were overwhelmed with the number of gifts they had to give out on Christmas day.

Robinson explained what she thought motivated the generosity this year.

“It's been a lot of things and people feel blessed. And when people are feeling blessed, they tend to give. They want to help somebody else because they realize that, oops, it could be them,” said Robinson.

The mission has received so many donations, organizers had to turn some donors away. One good neighbor tried to donate more turkeys than the mission could ever use.

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