Why We Volunteer: The Burman and Fortinberry families

 Kim Fortinberry says my mom and dad, Eloise and Richard Burman, started volunteering for the J.P. Hall Charities.  After a few events, we saw the joy it brought them and decided, perhaps, we could make this a family affair.

While the girls and I were living in Texas at the time, we usually came home every Christmas and Thanksgiving, so we decided to start volunteering too.

Mom and I both felt that the girls needed to know the meaning of volunteering with an open heart.  At first, the girls were too young to do a lot, so they volunteered to help sort toys, decorate trees and do odd jobs at the Christmas Party.

To Kim Burman-Fortinberry, it is about being part of a bigger community.  A community that helps those less fortunate or those who are down on their luck.  As a pediatric nurse, I see all kinds of kids come through my office.  Children are my passion, so being able to help with JP Hall Charities brings me great joy. 

Eloise and Richard Burman are an important part of the J.P. Hall Charities.  Eloise makes the baskets for the Auction and spends hours decorating the trees at the Christmas Party.  She always adds a special touch to everything she does.  While Richard loves volunteering at the Christmas Party, he is best known for greeting all the guests at the Auction and the Scholarship Dinner.



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The 39th Annual J.P. Hall Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 13th from 12 noon until 4:00PM.  In the interest of protecting both our volunteers and the families receiving gifts, we have made significant changes to the Christmas Party.  
  1. The Party will be a drive thru event only and people will not be allowed of their vehicles. 
  2. Children must be in the vehicle to receive gifts.  
  3. Proof of Clay County residency will be required.
  4. No overnight stays in the parking lot will be allowed.  
  5. There will not be bikes given away at this year’s event.
  6. We are not accepting volunteers.

We appreciate your understanding and compliance to these new requirements.