The annual Richmond Christmas Fund is kicking off its registration process earlier this year to help low-income families celebrate the winter holidays.
Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG), which runs the program, will be accepting applications virtually and through a limited number of in-person sessions.
Richmond residents can sign up for a virtual eligibility assessment online, over Zoom, and those who qualify for assistance will then be given a day, time and location to pick up their items consisting of grocery vouchers, toys and gift cards.
To register for the holiday campaign, applicants must show picture ID for themselves, CareCards for all family members being registered, proof of Richmond residency and proof of enrollment in an approved government income assistance program.
“We experimented with virtual registration last year, and found it worked well for both our clients and volunteers,” said Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of RCRG.
“As there’s still uncertainty around the pandemic, this process ensures we can help as many people as possible safely and efficiently.”
For those who face challenges with the virtual method of registering, there are limited in-person registration sessions available.
“We anticipate that the majority of clients will register online,” says Gavsie. “But by having the in-person option available, we can keep the program accessible, so that nobody is left out.”
Last year, the program helped a total of 2,847 residents – 849 were children, 318 were youth and 347 were seniors – so they can enjoy a festive holiday.
For a full list of the eligibility criteria and to sign up, visit RCRG.org/ChristmasFundHelp