In 2006, I met with a group of Bedford citizens to talk about creating a new Christmas assistance program that would provide clothing, toys, household items and food to low-income households in Bedford in a respectful and dignified manner.  The result was Bedford Community Christmas Station, Inc.  We were truly blessed by the community as people came forward with time, energy, funds and merchandise donations to make it possible to serve 262 families that year.  Fourteen years later, it is humbling and amazing to realize the more than 4,000 families have received Christmas assistance through the Christmas Station.  Beginning in 2013 when we moved into our current home, many more families have also been provided with Easter Eggstra Goodies, Shoes for Students, and food boxes through our year-round food pantry.


My Christmas Station journey has given me the opportunity to meet some incredible people, make some dear friends, watch some amazing volunteers in action, witness the marvel of miracles in action, learn a great deal and gather memories that I will carry with me forever.  It has been such a blessing to me, and I will always be grateful for this adventure.


Bedford Community Christmas Station Board of Directors has its Annual Meeting on April 27th.  That will be my last meeting as Board President.  I will hand over the reins to new leadership at that time, knowing that this wonderful program will be in good hands.   I will continue to serve as eligibility committee chair, and I will still be the department head in the infant clothing department, so I hope to continue to see many of you!

As I turn my attention to work on other projects, I want to thank each of you for being a part of my incredible journey.  I have been so blessed, and I wish the best for each of you!


Karen Hughes, Board President

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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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