House of Loving Hands preps to ring in holiday season of sharing

House of Loving Hands preps to ring in holiday season of sharing
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By Kathy Chouteau

House of Loving Hands (HOLH) is readying to make the holiday season bright for community members who need it most by hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Christmas Party/Toy Giveaway in Richmond.

The nonprofit will ring in the season of sharing with a Thanksgiving Dinner Thurs., Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 968 23rd St. in Richmond. Deneshia Clemons, founder of HOLH, said the organization looks to feed 150-200 unhoused community members, veterans and families for Thanksgiving “with a catered dinner, hygiene packs, gloves, beanies and resources” during an event where all are welcome.

The menu for the Thanksgiving Dinner will include—you guessed it—turkey, along with ham, chicken, mac & cheese, potato salad and more. Sponsors for the holiday event include Resource Pathways, CoBiz, Beauty by Nature, Brownie Brushes, Black Star Pirate BBQ, Baltic Kiss, San Pablo Community Grant Foundation and the Church Unusual New Revelation Richmond.

HOLH also has plans in the works to adopt 100 kids for a Christmas Toy Giveaway this year at its Christmas Party. Community members wanting to make the season merry for their little elves can contact Deneshia Clemons at 510-730-1162 or LaShon Limbrick at 214-801-4191.

HOLH’s Christmas Party will be held Sun., Dec. 17 from 12-3 p.m. at CoBiz Richmond, 1503 Macdonald Ave., Suite A, in Richmond. The special festivities will include Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate bar, ornament decorating, arts & crafts, lunch and toys. HOLH asks guests to wear masks and to bring an ID. According to the event flyer, the toy giveaway is limited to four children per household and it’s intended for those up to 18 years old. Community members should RSVP at the aforementioned phone numbers.

Sponsors for the Christmas Party include CoBiz, 7 Stars, Nae’s Sweet Snax, Phila Burger, Richmond Main Street Initiative, Ruby’s Place, Toys for Tots and Zeta Phi Beta.

House of Loving Hands is a local nonprofit that seeks to empower, encourage and support women and their children via a variety of empowering services. Learn more here. Questions? Contact [email protected].