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Michele Wright

Michele Clifford Wright Is 70th Alleghany Highlands Christmas Mother

Covington, VA (Oct. 20, 2018) - Today Highlands Christmas Mother, Inc. announced Michele Clifford Wright as the 70th Christmas Mother.

Message from The Christmas Mother: "It is a privilege to serve our community as the 2018 Highlands Christmas Mother. Having volunteered in the Christmas Mother Shop and taken applications in past years, I am very much aware of the wonderful results of the program. This community has a rich history of giving generously of it's time, talent and treasures to provide for those who find themselves in need. As I look around the Alleghany Highlands, I see daily acts of kindness, mercy and generosity, so I have chosen as my theme this year “Love Extravagantly”.

"Many children are counting on your extravagant love to make a difference in their lives this Christmas season. I ask that you again take action to support this awesome program. As in past years, we anticipate gifting a new toy for children age 12 and under, as well as a variety of food items to make their Christmas Day celebration a joyous one. Teenagers will be provided with a special teen pack. A bag of household products will also be provided for each family.

"Community participation is absolutely crucial to the success of this program. You have an opportunity to follow the wise words written by John Wesley prior to his death in 1791:

“Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.”

The Christmas Mother Program can use your help in the following ways:

"VOLUNTEER: The program could not possibly function without the many volunteers who donate hours of their time and talent. You are invited to join this wonderful group of volunteers. To become involved, please leave a message at the Christmas Mother Shop # 962-9077 October 29th. Volunteering will provide you with a rewarding experience.

"DONATE ITEMS: Items needed include new or gently used children's toys and winter clothing; coats & gloves all sizes; school supplies; paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, baby diapers, baby wipes etc.); cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, household cleaners, dish washing liquid, garbage bags, etc.); personal care items (deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, adult pull ups, etc.); appliances and kitchen items (crock pots, coffee makers, microwaves, pots and pans, dishes, cooking and eating utensils, etc.); furniture (baby beds, high chairs, beds & mattresses, dressers, tables, chairs etc.); blankets, bed linens, towels, washcloths etc. Due to limited space, we cannot accept adult clothing unless it is suitable for older teenagers. Used stuffed animals are also not accepted due to children's allergies.

"MONETARY DONATIONS: You may make your monetary donations immediately, by mailing to Highlands Christmas Mother, Inc., PO Box 242, Covington VA 24426 or visiting the shop during the operating hours starting November 26th.

"ADOPT: We encourage churches, businesses and individuals to adopt one or more families. Guidance will be provided as to needed items. Contact the Christmas Mother Shop at 962-9077 between 9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday starting November 26th to inquire about or request adoptions."

The Christmas Mother Shop is again located in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Hall at 214 W. Locust Street. The Food Distribution Shop is located in First Presbyterian Churchat 185 N.Maple Ave.We are grateful to the churches for graciously opening their doors to the Christmas Mother Program.

Applications will be accepted in Clifton Forgeon Monday November 12 from 11am until 5pm at Central United Methodist Church 414 Main St. and in Covington on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday November 13, 14 and 15 from 9am until 5pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall 214 W. Locust Street.

Donations will be accepted at The Christmas Mother Shop Monday, November 26 thru Thursday, December 13 from 9am until 4:30pm.Please have all donations in by December 7th to allow time for the items to be sorted and assigned. Distribution days will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, December 11, 12 & 13.

Teen Nightswill be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, Dec 4, 5, and 6 from 6pm to 8pm at First Presbyterian Church 185 N. Maple Ave. in Covington. Contact the Christmas Mother Shop at 962-9077 starting November 26th.

"As I contemplate the coming challenges and holiday season The Beatles song, “All You Need Is Love” comes to mind. God pretty much says the same thing, but not in so few words and makes it clear the love of Jesus is extravagant love, beyond our comprehension.

"I thank you in advance, as we enter the 2018 Christmas season, for being extravagant with the love you show to others by supporting The Christmas Mother Program with your time, talents, treasures, finances and prayers."

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Personal Information:

Michele Clifford Wright

• Commercial Development Specialist and Project Manager for LDRA, Inc.

Previously Executive Director of The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce

• Married to James Lynn Wright, Minister at Central United Methodist Church in Clifton Forge

• Son: David Jarret Wright; wife Ashley McCaleb; granddaughters Reagan (4 yrs) and Kendra (10 months) residing in Christiansburg VA.

• Parents: Leo M. Clifford of Callaghan and the late Pansy Smith Clifford.

• Member of Central United Methodist Church and formerly Fletcher Chapel

Active in youth ministry, adult choir, bell choir and Wesleyan Warren Fellowship

• Member of The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library and The Celebration Choir

Previously honored as Covington BPW Business Woman of the Year, Covington Junior Women’s Club Member of the Year, Honorary March of Dimes Walk Ambassador, member of the original organizing committees for the local Relay for Life, the Alleghany YMCA and Clifton Forge Main Street.

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