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Our Mission


The Bedford Community Christmas Station is an all-volunteer, community-wide, non-profit organization that assists low-income families in the Bedford, Virginia community on a seasonal basis by providing a shopping experience characterized by choice and dignity. Serving families with children is our highest priority.

 

How We Accomplish Our Mission

It gives us great joy to help families with their needs by providing food, personal items, clothes and toys for children, teen gifts, and adult gifts in our Christmas program, a pair of new shoes for students, Easter baskets and goodies, and many other opportunities for service throughout the year.

We are honored to serve our Bedford County community by offering the following programs to our families who are in need.

 

Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX)

Each year, our Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX) program serves low income Bedford County households during the Christmas season. Shoppers go through a screening process to receive approval to participate in this program. Through generous donations and funds raised throughout the year, we are able to provide clothing, toys, household goods, gifts, and a food box to each family.

Special Announcement:
Last chance to apply for the 2020 Christmas Selection eXpress!!

Saturday, November 14th
12 – 2 pm
Bedford Central Library (321 North Bridge Street, Bedford)

For questions regarding eligibility, how to apply, and more, visit our CSX page.

 

Winter Coat Closet

Bedford County low-income residents may stop by the Christmas Station to receive one coat per family member during cold weather. We also offer used coats to each family member during our Christmas Selection eXpress event.

Visit our Winter Coat Closet page for more information.

 

Year-Round Food Pantry

Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX) clients, as well as members of the Bedford community, can access the Christmas Station’s food pantry to receive a box of food and personal care items once a month.

Visit our Food Pantry page for more information.

 

Easter Eggstra

Bedford County low income families can apply to receive an Easter basket, as well as all the goodies to fill it, for each of their children prior to Easter.

Visit our Easter Eggstra page for more information.

 

Shoes for Students

This program is offered to Bedford County low income families who have school-age children. The families must register and qualify to receive a pair of new shoes for each child before they start back to school in August.

Visit our Shoes for Students page for more information.

 

Fundraising Efforts

Our Station Sales, held the first Saturday of each month (March-October) and on each Tuesday/Wednesday from 10:00 to 4:00 during those months help to raise funds for all of the programs above. We accept donations of used items starting in January through July. Please save your items and consider donating to us when you clean out your closet, garage, and attic!

In addition to the Station Sales, we hold raffle drawings for prizes throughout the year, participate in the Bedford Welcome Center’s Festival of Trees, apply for grants, and receive donations through Billy’s Drummer Boy Challenge.

Visit our Fundraising page for more information.