‘Tis the season to be jolly! And jolly they were when 86 participants of the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Families First gathered for a holiday party on Dec. 7 at the Bensley Community Center.
Community partners donated prizes, including handmade afghan blankets for the adults. The children filled their goody bags not only with candy, but also with healthful snacks, such as apples and oranges. Each child received a new book and a doll or stuffed animal. A delicious lunch was also provided and new friendships were formed.
Chesterfield County’s Department of Mental Health Support Services’ Families First program not only offers information to first-time mothers who participate in the voluntary program, but also hosts a number of holiday celebrations and an annual graduation to help foster positive family memories and help develop a sense of community. Bilingual workers assist those who are not fluent in English.
Families First is a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia. It provides first-time parents with information, videos and activities about childbirth preparation, child health and development, parenting and parent-child interaction and local resources, such as doctors for the child, child care providers and other services.
For more information, call Nancy Boyd, 318-8648.