CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A central Virginia children’s health advocacy group is celebrating the holiday season and the young mothers that it helps all year long.

On Tuesday, December 4, Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (CHiP) threw a holiday celebration for the teen mothers and their children who take part in the group's Parenteen program.

The family-friendly party was complete with food, activities, and, of course, a visit from Santa.

“It’s just a great time for the kids and families,” Jon Nafziger, the Jefferson Area CHiP executive director, said.

The organization is celebrating all of the young mothers it helps year-round.

“We’ve done this social for years and years, and it’s really a great celebration of the holidays and celebrating them as parents and the hard work they do to help their children be healthy,” Nafgizer said.

Even Old Saint Nick paid a visit to Tuesday night’s celebration, which also featured games, cookie decorating, and holiday card-making.

“This is our favorite night of the year to have CHiP families get together and be able to celebrate the holidays,” Nafgizer said.

The Parenteen program is dedicated to helping teen mothers raise strong, healthy children.

“Parenting is hard work, but it’s such important work to have kids that are healthy and that are the future of our community,” Nafgizer said.

Desdiny Moore came through the program nine years ago when it first began. Now, she works for CHiP as a community health worker.

“It’s my passion,” Moore said. “It’s something that I drive for, something that I really enjoy.”

She's been on both sides of this celebration, and says it’s a great way for families to come together, learn from each other, and have fun.

“This is a great setting because you get all different cultures, all communities, all different people, they all come together and we just put on a good Christmas party for the kids,” Moore said.

If you would like to donate to the Jefferson Area CHiP, or learn more about the programs it offers, click here.