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Local judges hand out toys to kids in Christmas for Kids parade

Posted at 7:19 PM, Dec 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-27 19:12:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- On this Christmas Eve, families living in Mosby court got some holiday cheer from some area judges as they handed out toys in the Christmas for Kids parade.

"We've seen some children smile.  We've seen some genuine thank yous. So, it's a warming of the heart,” said Honorable Rondelle D. Herman, Chief Judge with Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations court.

Toys Judges

Herman and the other judges are known to hand out punishments in the courtroom, but they were handing out presents Thursday.

"I know it sounds a little odd for a judge to be out here in the rain giving out toys, but it's a part of what I do,” said Herman.

One judge said it means a lot to her to give back and see families she deals with every day.

“I've even seen some of my families here and it's very nice to see them in a different setting, for the families, the mothers, the grandmothers to know that I do have a heart,” said the Honorable Marilynn C. Goss, Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations court judge. “All I want is what's best for them and our community.”

Honorable Marilynn C. Goss

Honorable Marilynn C. Goss

Goss said they want young people to know there's a better way than the streets and violence.

"They can finish their education. That's what we want them to do,” Goss said. “We want the kids to go to school, but to give back to them at this time to show we love them, it's very important.”

The judges said this event is a labor of love for them and they’ve been a participant in the annual Christmas for Kids parade every year.

"I hope they'll have a very Merry Christmas,” said Goss. “I hope we added just a little bit to that.”