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Community celebrates Christmas day every weekend for terminally ill 4-year-old girl

/ Source: TODAY

When the Vandermark family found out that this Christmas was going to be the last for their sweet little Virginia Rose, they decided to go all out.

The 4-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukemia on April 7. A bone marrow transplant was planned for over the summer, but she couldn't go through with it due to minor heart failure.

By September, her doctor had some bad news. She wasn't going to make it to Christmas.

Virginia Rose has been battling leukemia since April.Courtesy of Jennifer Vandermark

So her family came up with the idea to celebrate the holiday every weekend leading up to Dec. 25.

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Jennifer and Jonathan Vandermark shared the idea with friends and family on Facebook, and within days, their hometown of Chesterfield, Virginia, was lit up for her.

Chesterfield, Virginia came together to put up their Christmas lights early for Virginia Rose Vandermark.Courtesy of Jennifer Vandermark

The community also decorated a neighborhood fence to feature her name in lights.

Renee Trivisonno was following the family's updates for months but didn't realize they lived nearby until one night in October, when she was driving home from work and noticed many of her neighbors had already put up their Christmas lights.

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"It finally clicked after a few minutes," Trivisonno told "Here I was praying for this little girl to get better when she was right under my nose the whole time. I had to do something to help her."

Chesterfield, Virginia came together to put up their Christmas lights early for Virginia Rose

That's when the service coordinator for Chesterfield County rallied her community to gather and sing Christmas carols for the ailing girl.

Virginia RoseCourtesy of Jennifer Vandermark

On Friday, 50 people met at a local grocery store and caravanned to the Vandermark's home, with Santa in a red Mustang convertible leading the way.

When they arrived, Virginia Rose was outside on the front lawn, surprised and thrilled to see Santa.

Santa arriving at Virginia Rose's house in a red MustangCourtesy of Renee Trivisonno

Trivisonno had everyone bring gift cards, and together they pooled about $800 worth to stores like Wal-Mart, Toys 'R' Us and Kroger.

Neighbors have also been dropping by the house to bring presents, some for Virginia Rose's brothers, RJ, 5 and Samuel, 2.

Virginia Rose opening up presents her neighbors have dropped offCourtesy of Jennifer Vandermark

On top of that, strangers from all over the world donated more than $11,000 to the family's GoFundMe campaign, which they plan to use for funeral arrangements.

They also hope to replace the broken down van they use to drive 30 minutes both ways twice a week to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU for her treatments.

Virginia Rose's brother RJ, 5, opening up presentsCourtesy of Jennifer Vandermark

"We were too prideful to ask for help at first, but I'm happy we did because we've met some pretty incredible people who want to help us out of the goodness of their hearts," Jennifer Vandermark, Virginia Rose's mom, told

Virginia Rose with her parents Jonathan and Jennifer VandermarkCourtesy of Jennifer Vandermark

While they usually make their rounds around the state for Christmas visiting various family members, they're having the family come to them this year.

"Right now we're just trying to enjoy our last Christmas with our little girl and thanks to the outpouring love and support from our community, we're able to do just that," Vandermark said.