The Goochland Christmas Mother Association has announced Kavis F. Winston has been selected to serve as Christmas Mother for the 2018 campaign. A long time Goochland resident, Kavis is passionate about serving her community.
“I am honored to serve the families of Goochland County as this year’s Christmas Mother,” Winston said in a recent interview. “I am so excited to work with our nurturing and supportive community to make this holiday season bright for our county’s families and their children.”
With her longstanding involvement in a number of school and community organizations, Winstons’ civic-minded spirit shines through. She is the immediate past chair of the Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee (MSAAC), the current secretary of the Goochland Education Foundation (GEF), a member of the Teen Mental Health Task Force, and an active volunteer at the middle and high schools. In 2017, she was selected to participate on the steering committee for the Facility Master Planning Project to determine future capital improvements and development of Goochland schools. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for CASA and a long-time volunteer with the Goochland Christmas Mother program. Winston is also a long-time supporter of Goochland’s Habitat for Humanity and Goochland CARES.
Winston earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and a Master of Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, she works as a Training Specialist/Senior Instructor in the Nuclear Training Department with Dominion Energy where she oversees the training programs for instructors at the Surry, North Anna, and Millstone power plants in Virginia and Connecticut.
Winston and her husband Corey, who is the Director of Supply Chain Operations with Health Trust Supply Chain, are the proud parents of two daughters, Goochland High School students Berkeley, a senior, and Addisyn a freshman. Winston is also the daughter of Patricia and Edward “Steve” Fleming and the younger sister of Keesa Fleming, all county residents.
Winston believes that no matter age, ethnicity or any other attribute, every person deserves to feel special every day and especially during the holidays. One source of inspiration which helps keep Winston fixed on doing all that she can to be a source of support and motivation for everyone she encounters comes from one of her favorite writers, the late Maya Angelou: “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Winston encourages local businesses, schools, churches and organizations to become actively involved and join her in supporting The Christmas Mother Association, which provides food, clothing, and toys for children and families in need who might otherwise have a bleak and joyless holiday season. Cindie Valentine, association president, said “The board and I are delighted that Kavis will represent our organization this year. We are looking forward to working with her as she raises awareness of the needs in our community.” The Goochland Christmas Mother program has been serving the community since 1963.
The Christmas Mother Association also announced key dates for the coming year. Applications for assistance will be taken on two Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Goochland High School Cafeteria, 3250 River Road West.
Applicants should bring their driver’s license or other identification with proof of residence in Goochland County. Applicants should also bring their recent pay stubs, WIC or SSI stubs.
Applicants who qualify for assistance from Social Services will qualify for Christmas Mother assistance.
Volunteers are needed for Shopping Day, which will take place on Tuesday, November 27. Shoppers are given wish lists and information needed to help select items for individuals and families. Shopping will start at 7 a.m. at the Walmart in Short Pump and will end in the early afternoon. Shoppers can stay all morning or just a few hours. Wrapping of gift items will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. until early afternoon at the Central High School Complex (formerly Old Goochland Middle School) at 2748 Dogtown Road. Adults and children are invited to help.
Families, churches, civic groups, and businesses that wish to do more can adopt a family. For more information on adoptions, e-mail email@example.com or call the Christmas Mother Hotline at (804) 556-3411.
Check the Christmas Mother’s Facebook page to keep up with the activities of the organization and to find helpful links for online contributions and other tools. It can be found at facebook.com/goochlandchristmasmother.
Donations to this year’s Christmas Mother fund can be sent via check to Goochland Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 322, Goochland, VA 23063 or through PayPal on the web site.
Go to www.goochlandchristmasmother.org for more information about the Goochland Christmas Mother program.