I love the holiday season for a number of reasons but one of the main reasons is because I get to witness RVA’s giving spirit. I’ve have been a volunteer at the Giving Heart Thanksgiving dinner from just over half of their 8 years and it’s such a rewarding experience. This year was even more special for me because I was joined by my wonderful wife. Together we took pictures of smiles, laughs, hugs, and pure joy.
The Giving Hearts Thanksgiving dinner is just one of many organizations doing great work during the holiday season. RVA Feed the City fed a record number of people this year in Monroe Park on what had to be one of the coldest days of the year. GiveThanksRVA, led by Prabir Mehta and Travis Tucker, is organizing RVA’s arts and music community to support local non-profits such as HomeAgain. It’s a great time of year to see RVA’s giving spirit and community focus.
This year’s Giving Heart Dinner had some very special guest, Mayor Dwight Jones address the over 800 volunteers in the morning and the VCU Men’s basketball team visited the Convention Center in the afternoon. But I have to say the real stars of the event were the volunteers, the Giving Heart leadership led by the amazing Vicki Neilson and the people that came out to communed together.