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This free holiday event will benefit military families in Hampton Roads

Last year's "Home for the Holidays" event. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of USO)
Last year’s “Home for the Holidays” event. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of USO)

As impossible as it might be to believe, the holiday season has crept up on us.

While the holidays are a time of family and fun, they can be challenging for many in Hampton Roads, including those serving in the U.S. military.

In an effort to help military families in need, the United Services Organization (USO) will host Home for the Holidays at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Dec. 1 (7 p.m.) and Dec. 2 (4 p.m.).

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open one hour before the show begins on both days, and Santa will also be there an hour early and available for a free family photo-op.

“It’s a free family friendly holiday celebration for everyone, with food, fun and free entertainment,” said Chelsea Lynch, director of Resource Development for the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. “And it’s all for charity.”

The live USO-style show will feature more than 20 local artists, among them Letha Holland Deel, BJ Griffin, and the Guava Jam Band.

Every child in attendance will receive a free toy or book, Lynch said.

“We receive donations through generous sponsors and that money raised goes to the USO,” she said.

More information about the show can be found online and on Facebook.

The Convention Center is located at 1000 19th St. and parking is also free.

Home for the Holidays will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia)
Home for the Holidays will be at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia)

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