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By Cathy Dyson

Fairy Godmother project receives grant from Walmart

The Fairy Godmother Project of Stafford County has received a $10,000 grant from Walmart toward its mission of providing assistance to families with children with cancer.

The group was selected from 21,677 nominations nationwide, according to a press release from Walmart.

It’s part the company’s “12 Days of Giving,” a holiday campaign that will award $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country.

“Being selected is affirmation of the value of the services we provide to local families,” said Andie McConnell, founder and executive director of the project.

With the grant, the group will reach more families, McConnell said. The godmothers provide gas cards, to help with the expense of traveling for treatment, along with meals, housecleaning and lawn care.

McConnell started the organization last year after she became friends with a family whose child had cancer.

She quickly discovered other families were overwhelmed with the duties of everyday life as they devoted their energies on the child’s treatment for cancer.

The godmothers established a supporting chapter in Richmond this year. The group also offers the service of photographers who volunteer to make lasting images of the families.

“We know there are more families who are suffering and could use our help, but we need more volunteers to support them,” she said.

More information on the Fairy Godmother Project is available at fairygodmother or by calling            540/645-4282      .

–Cathy Dyson