Ann Muttart, 2013 Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother, is on a mission. Nothing can deter her. As a former teacher, she has devoted herself to the education and welfare of her pupils. As Christmas Mother, Muttart’s compassion for those in need is an extension of her teaching career. Her mission is to ensure that children in need in our communities receive new toys and clothing, and their families receive food certificates for the holiday season. Elderly in need will also receive gifts and food certificates for the holidays.
Muttart is a native of Chesterfield County and currently resides in the Clover Hill District. She has one adult married son, Robert.
Muttart has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She began her teaching career in Chesterfield County and, before retirement, worked as a parent liaison at Falling Creek Elementary School.
She has been a member of the Christmas Mother committee for six years working in toy distribution at the Christmas Mother center.
Muttart enjoys golfing, gardening (recently completing the Master Gardner program through the County Extension office) and visiting and playing with her grandchildren.
To enlist support for her mission, Muttart will be talking with many organizations and the media. She will be asking for sponsors to provide new toys, clothing and food certificates for families in need; for monetary contributions; and for volunteers to work at the Christmas Center.
If you wish to invite the Christmas Mother to speak to your organization or business, are interested in volunteering, or would like further information about the program, you may call the Christmas Mother office at 748-1183 or 751-4657 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Christmas Mother program actually began in 1945 when Lucy Corr, the first director of the Social Services Department, with the assistance of the police chief, began delivering gifts of food, clothing, and toys to families in need at Christmas. In 1972, unable to meet the overwhelming demand of a growing population, “Miss Lucy,” with the assistance of citizen volunteers, organized what is now the present Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother program.
The program’s mission is “to ensure that in our community, no family is without food, no child is without toys and clothing, and no elderly person is forgotten as we celebrate the holidays.”
Throughout the years, as the community has grown, the program has incorporated and been designated as a 501c3 non-profit, charitable organization.
There are several ways in which one can participate in helping the Christmas Mother. One can sponsor a family by providing new clothes and toys for the children and a food certificate for the family; make a monetary donation; donate new clothes and new toys at the Christmas Center at Krause and Courthouse Roads (the center will be open on weekdays from Dec. 2 through Dec. 16, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; or volunteer at the Christmas Center.
Contributions may be sent payable to the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 2500, Chesterfield, VA 23832.