As I pause to reflect on the past year, it occurs to me that the Lord has once again brought together the community to accomplish a Christmas miracle. Because, really, it is miraculous that Bedford Community Christmas Station received the donations and volunteers that were needed to provide 325 families with a wonderful “shopping experience” that included:
- two outfits, a pair of pajamas, socks & underwear, and hats & gloves for each child
- toys and teen gift items for every child
- household items such as towels, blankets, coffee makers, dish sets, and pots/pans
- items for senior citizens and disabled adults such as slippers, robes, heaters, etc
- a food box for every household, complete with a ham, paper products, cleaning items, and personal care items
The Lord helps those who help themselves, so we planned and worked throughout the year to prepare to serve families at Christmas, Our efforts throughout the year have been blessed as we
- Held sidewalk sales on the first Saturday of each month from March to October
- Applied for grants with Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, WalMart, Food Lion, Kroger, Toys R Us, and the Moorman Family Foundation
- Had a spaghetti dinner at Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford
- Hosted our 2nd and Final Family Fun Fest at the Bedford Moose Lodge in May
- Held a Sip and Paint Event at the Christmas Station building in August
- Participated in a Cowbell Preaching Service at the Army Reserve Center in September
- Set up a booth at CenterFest in October
- Worked a table at the Crafts Fair at Bedford Elementary School in November
Our amazing volunteers really came through to help us with this ambitious line-up of events! Stand-outs include Marilyn and Jackson Overstreet, who provided their wonderful spaghetti sauce for the spaghetti dinner. Danny Holdren lined up the entertainment for the Family Fun Fest AND he drove a tractor at the Fun Fest for a hay ride AND he arranged the Cowbell Preaching Service – including food, silent auction, and preachers. Bedford Moose Lodge hosted the Family Fun Fest. The Army Reserve Center provided the setting for the Cowbell Preaching Service. And, our terrific group of volunteers came every week to help Lori Moorman sort, price and display items for the sidewalk sales.
Through the blessings that we received in 2015, we were able to reach out and address the needs of our community. Our Easter Eggstra was offered in 2015, which provided basket fillers and decorative items to low-income households. At back-to-school time, we purchased 39 pairs of shoes for low-income students. And, we provided free school supplies to 36 local teachers.
Thanks to the on-going generosity and support of Mr. Childers, our first-ever paid staff person, Lori Moorman, worked on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week to accept donations and provide emergency food boxes as needed.
We had a few unexpected developments this year: It came to our attention that a house that we owned was not safe to inhabit. Prayers were answered, and we were able to have the house demolished. The lot was cleared and is no longer a safety hazard. After tackling that obstacle, our heating/cooling system decided to stop working. Thanks to many prayers and our wonderful benefactor, Mr. Earl Childers, the heating system was replaced and now works with remarkable efficiency!
We are grateful for the 100+ volunteers that helped serve families on December 10, 11, and 12. We also want to recognize Mr. James Wade for repairing and donating 62 exciting bikes this year.
2016 brings our 10th Anniversary! We are looking for special ways to commemorate this awesome achievement. Please feel free to share your suggestions for a “signature” fundraising event, logo re-design, service project, or other way to honor our journey.
As always, we are very appreciative for the support that has made our mission possible. We send warm wishes to you for a year of health, peace, and blessings in 2016.
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.
“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.
Bedford Christmas Station 510 Blue Ridge Avenue, Bedford VA