Each year social workers, principals, and counselors identify approximately 50 needy elementary school students in the greater Springfield area for participation in Kristi’s Christmas. On the first Saturday in December these children are treated to a hot breakfast provided by the Springfield Golf & Country Club.  They are paired with a student from West Springfield High School who will be their buddy for the day. Breakfast is followed by a shopping excursion to the Target at Springfield Town Center.  There they shop with their buddy for practical clothing and are allowed to spend $140 each.  School representatives accompanying the children are given funds to purchase necessities for children unable to attend the event.  In addition to providing dedicated staff to support the event, Target provides a generous store credit to help with the financials.  After shopping the students get cocoa and a snack provided by Target and then return to the Springfield Golf & Country Club for a visit and party with Santa (who usually is bilingual) and Mrs. Claus.  Santa gives each child special gifts, typically including a large stuffed teddy bear, sleeping bag, and backpack containing wrapped presents, school supplies and personal hygiene items.

Kristi’s Christmas was established in 1987 in memory of Kristi Brown, daughter of Rotarian Bill Brown and his wife Karen.  Kristi, a graduate of West Springfield High School, was killed in an auto accident after her first year of college.  Kristi had a heart to help children at Christmas time and the Browns established this program in memory of their daughter and to provide needy children in the local community with a wonderful Christmas experience.

Although Bill and Karen Brown are now deceased, the Rotary Club of West Springfield and its non-profit Foundation administer Kristi’s Christmas, handling all the finances, planning, coordination and arrangements.  Financial support comes completely from donations from individuals, companies and organizations, 100% of which are used in support of the children.  Of note, while this program has had a positive impact on the lives of many deserving children over the past 35+ years, it has also enriched the lives of the volunteers, particularly the high school students who volunteer to be buddies. 

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this wonderful program, please CLICK HERE.  

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Springfield, VA 22152

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- Scholarships to NVCC
- Support to Special Olympics
- Support to Crestwood, Garfield and Lynbrook Elementary Schools
- Dictionaries to Third Graders
- Kristi's Christmas
Club Leadership 2023-24
Fred Kalema-Musoke
Vice President & President-elect
Immediate Past President
Ray Wolff
Greg Street
Dan Clark
Jim Kirkpatrick
Director Club Service
Bill Krist
Director Youth Service
Yair Ramos
Director Vocational Service
Doug Alcorn
Director Community Service
Doug Alcorn
Director International Service
John Paul Delgado
Director and NXT Chair
Ed Schoenberg
Springfield Golf & Country Club
8301 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22152

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