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Presidents Message January 2019

Several years ago, I read a wonderful book by Jan Karon called “Home to Holly Springs”.  The main character in the book, Father Tim, repeatedly said, “Lord, let me be a blessing in someone’s life today”.  Every time I read that, I smiled and thought, “What a great attitude!  I think those are great words to live by!”

Every year, as we prepare for the Easter Eggstra Event, Shoes for Students and Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX), and every time that our food pantry is open, it is my hope and prayer that we will be a blessing in someone’s life.  What I always find, however, is that I am the one that is truly blessed.  When 39 parents came to the Christmas Station on March 28th and selected Easter baskets, food box, candy, toys, clothing, and even shoes, I was blessed by their smiles, gratitude, and excitement.   Every time an individual or family came to the Christmas Station to get a bag or non-perishable food items, it was a blessing to know that they could count on the Christmas Station to help them during a time of need.  When 64 students received back-to-shoes through our Shoes for Students program in August, it was a blessing to know that the community made sure those students were ready to start the school year with confidence and pride.

My blessings were multiplied in December, when 300 low-income families were served through the CSX program.  It was thrilling to see the donations come in from schools, churches, businesses, organizations, families, foundations, and individuals.  It was exciting to work alongside more than 120 volunteers as we screened applications, got each department ready, provided workshops for the CSX clients, gathered bags, packed food boxes, prepared the building, and then helped each client select gift items for family members.    I was so blessed to see the joy on the face of each client as they selected clothing for each child, toys or teen gifts for each child, household items, gifts for disabled adults or senior citizens, personal care products, Christmas décor, and a box of food that included a canned ham.  There were many hugs and tears of joy, and I confess that some of the tears may have been mine!

As we enter our 14th year of service to the Bedford Community, I want to thank all of you for being part of this special mission.  Best wishes to all of you for many blessings in 2019!  

Karen Hughes, Board President

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540 492-0382

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“Bedford Community Christmas Station  is set up like a department store, with sections for infants, girls clothing, boys clothing, teen clothing and gifts, toys, household items and food. All merchandise in the Christmas Station is new, with the exception of gently used coats that will be made available to any shopper that needs one. Each family that is accepted to shop at the Christmas Station also receives a box of food.”

Donors can send contributions to Bedford Community Christmas Station to
P.O. Box 1353 Bedford VA  24523.

Our Mission

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

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