2016 Christmas Mother
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Christmas Mother 2016
Ms. Teresa Whitaker
Teresa moved to Powhatan with her parents when she was in the third grade and graduated from the Powhatan schools. After several decades being away from Powhatan, Teresa moved back in early 2014 to be a full-time caregiver to her mom with Alzheimer’s disease after her dad died in late 2013. Teresa understands the meaning of “giving unconditionally” which is why she has chosen this as her theme for this year’s campaign.
Teresa has one son, Kenneth; a granddaughter, Katie, who is a firefighter; a grandson, Cole, who will begin kindergarten this year; and a third grandchild is on the way and is expected to arrive in December. Teresa is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s in Public Administration. Teresa retired in 2008 after 32 years in state and local government and is currently a realtor for Long & Foster Real Estate at the Bellgrade office.
Teresa is a four year breast cancer survivor and is active in her church at New Life United Methodist Church. Teresa is passionate about giving back and has certainly shown this, by leaving behind a home in Varina and being close to her family living in Hanover and New Kent, in order to allow her mom to remain in the home she has lived in for 54 years. It is very important with Alzheimer’s patients for the person to keep the routine they have become used to for so many years and why Teresa chose to live with her mother instead of moving her.
Teresa hopes that people will continue to give to the Christmas Mother program and “give unconditionally” so the committee can continue to assist so many. The Christmas Everyday Committee not only provides food and gifts to families, children, the elderly, the disabled, and others in need at Christmas, but the committee volunteers work all year long to meet the needs of folks in Powhatan. Our goal is to see that no person in our community goes hungry or cold, no person is lonely or forgotten, and no child is without hope, especially during the Christmas holiday.