April Niamtu is fast to level out she loves Christmas.
“There is just a feeling I get when I think of that magical time of year,” she mentioned.
She loves the trimmings of the season, adorning 5 Christmas timber, unraveling numerous strands of white lights and displaying scores of Nutcracker collectible figurines, making a scene that her husband, Dr. Joseph Niamtu III, playfully says transforms their house into Macy’s throughout the holidays.
The Niamtus have been concerned with quite a few charities via the years and are recognized for his or her beneficiant spirit, illustrated in a current Richmond Times-Dispatch story a couple of former Romanian immigrant whom the Niamtus took into their house when he had nowhere else to go after he was shot and wounded throughout a 2007 theft. The man, Danny Teodorescu, who turned a U.S. citizen in a July four naturalization ceremony, lived with the Niamtus for 4 years.
It all provides as much as April Niamtu being an ideal candidate to function the 2019 Richmond Christmas Mother.
“We are fortunate that April Niamtu will lead the 2019 campaign,” mentioned Tom Silvestri, president and writer of The Times-Dispatch. “It’s really impressive how much she believes in the mission of the Richmond Christmas Mother and, like the many Christmas Mothers before her, will put her own stamp on the season of giving and helping Richmond’s needy families.”
April Niamtu grew up in Virginia Beach and has lived in Richmond since 1993. She and Joe married in 1998, and so they have two sons, Joey and Evan. She has a 3rd son, Steve, from a earlier marriage.
Joey and Evan, each of their teenagers, have extreme bodily and psychological disabilities, April Niamtu mentioned. They can not sit, stand, stroll or discuss and are fed 100% by a feeding tube. They each endure from seizures and require 24-hour care.
“My most favorite downtime activity of all is snuggling with my boys,” she mentioned.
April Niamtu served on the board of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, a place she was appointed to by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Before that, she had served on the board of Safe Harbor, a nonprofit that helps those that have skilled home violence, sexual violence or human trafficking.
The Niamtus even have supported and volunteered with such organizations as SOAR365 (previously Greater Richmond ARC), Noah’s Children, Operation Smile, Virginia Home and Positive Vibe.
April Niamtu labored within the mortgage enterprise for 15 years and is now co-director of Niamtu Cosmetic Surgery Education. Joe Niamtu is a beauty facial surgeon.
The annual Richmond Christmas Mother Fund is organized by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It started in 1935, evolving from The Richmond News Leader’s Empty Stocking Fund and the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Good Fellow Club. The Richmond Times-Dispatch sponsors this system and absorbs practically all its administrative prices.
Today, this system supplies meals and items for youngsters and households, primarily via a grant to the Salvation Army Central Virginia’s Christmas Assistance program. Last 12 months, the fund raised greater than $204,000.
Nonprofits will be capable of apply for grants from the fund starting in August. Look for extra data within the coming weeks.
April Niamtu mentioned she is “honored and humbled” to be chosen because the 2019 Richmond Christmas Mother.
“I have followed the Christmas Mother program and loved what she represents,” April Niamtu mentioned. “I am so excited for this Christmas season to arrive, and I look forward to making the 85th anniversary of this Richmond tradition the best ever.”
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