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Christmas parade organizer touched by response to call for volunteers

UPDATE: The meeting for parade volunteers will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Kobler Hall of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. People are asked to park in the Charlotte Street lot and use that entrance.

If you want to volunteer, see details below or in my full story today on the response of local folks willing to help with the Jaycees Christmas parade.


Archived footage from last year’s Jaycees Christmas Parade in downtown Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Jaycees parade co-chairwoman Jennifer Adkins was touched this morning when she checked her email and had more than 300 messages from people offering to volunteer at the group’s Christmas parade on Dec. 7.

She is now working to organize a meeting of the volunteers to provide additional information. The meeting will be held in downtown Fredericksburg on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The location has not been finalized. (I will update that as soon as it is available.)

Anyone interested in volunteering should be at least 16 years old. Youth aged 16 and 17 will need to serve with a parent, Adkins said. Anyone 18 and over can serve alone.

People don’t need to be a member of the Jaycees to help.

Adkins is continuing to accept emails from people willing to help. The email to use is:

When we first reported this story, Adkins was worried she wouldn’t get the full complement of 35 volunteers she needed to provide to city officials by Monday.

People quickly responded after seeing information about the situation in this blog on and on the online source’s Facebook page.

Volunteers would work from 2 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7, receive training that day, and would receive free food and beverages afterward, Adkins said.

The volunteers also help a worthy cause, she said. Money raised through the parade will be used to take about 25 local children shopping for Christmas and provide them with a gift card for food.

The Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade is free and starts at 5:30 p.m.

The route travels along Caroline, Amelia and Princess Anne streets.