The Frodsham family, of Farmington, has made a yearly tradition out of hosting one of the largest Christmas parties the county has ever seen. For 26 years Frank and Barbara Frodsham have hosted the party in an effort to help those less fortunate celebrate the holiday season. The first party was held 26 years ago when Barbara received a call from a newly divorced friend who would not be spending Christmas with her children. It was this friend that came up with the idea of rounding up Salt Lake City homeless and bringing them to the family farm to celebrate on Christmas Eve. Since then they have hosted the party year after year.
Originally volunteers would help shuttle homeless people from Salt Lake out to the farm. Eventually that became too expensive, so the organization helps Davis County families instead.
“We do this to bring the joy of Christmas to all who attend our event, both volunteers and guests,” said Jayna Scadden, Community Christmas Co-Chair. “We love giving back to our community and helping those that are down on their luck.”
This year the party drew in more than 500 people looking to celebrate the holidays and an additional 600 volunteers. Organizers helped hand out gifts, hygiene products, winter clothing, shoes, toys and food. Guests were also treated to warm soup and baked goods. In previous years the party was held at the family farm. This year it was hosted at the Davis County Fairgrounds.
“It is truly a humbling experience to watch this family round up hundreds of volunteers and help hundreds more through this act of service,” said Commissioner Randy Elliott of the Davis County Commission. “I had heard of this annual event before, but I never realized how big it is and how many are helped until seeing it in person.”
Party planners also brought in local live entertainment. Miss Farmington, Alyssa Wood, and her father Troy performed Christmas songs. The Kaysville Jr. High Jazz Band was also in attendance to perform several musical numbers, along with many others.
The family hopes to continue the annual tradition. Frank and Barbara have both stepped back from the organization and planning of the event as their children and grandchildren have taken over. As a county, we are grateful to have amazing people like the Frodshams living and helping those within our borders. We look forward to watching this organization help more families year after year. Thank you Frodsham family!