Chesapeake woman brings community together to provide Christmas for 63 children


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Christmas presents have taken over Holly Hill’s home in Chesapeake.

But she’s not stacking up for her own kids, these gifts are going out to families in need across Hampton Roads. 

“I had a very close friend who wasn’t going to make Christmas happen so I just decided to ask the community to help. If couldn’t help, I thought maybe I can rally people to help,” explained Hill. 

Hill used her platform as a photographer to reach out to clients to see if anyone could save Christmas for Christina Jarrell, and the response was overwhelming.

Hill was not only able to help Jarrell but several other families too. 

“It was so amazing there was a community that cared about me, that had no idea who I was, who didn’t know my story … sorry after that we were just like let’s do it again,” said Jarrell. 

Now, 5 years later, Hill and Jarrell, work together to rally the community to help families struggling they know or hear about.

“We talk to every single one of our families, we hear all their hardship, we hear all their stories,” stated Jarrell. 

This year they’ve helped the community adopt 63 children.

People began dropping off the gifts Friday evening, each one complete with gifts from the child’s wishlist, pajamas, and milk and cookies. 

“Doing this just helps me appreciate the blessings I have myself,” said donator Ashley Diette. 

The families in need will pick them up on Sunday.

“It’s so magical and we are the truest spirit of Christmas just by coming together,” smiled Hill. 

If you’re interested in helping a family, contact Hill by clicking here.

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