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Presidents Message

 

When I look back on 2017, I remember:

“Station” sales that began in March and continued through September, earning almost $1,000 each month.  These sales have become so successful because we have terrific donors who provide us with exciting new and used merchandise to sell, and because we have wonderful customers, many of whom come back each month to check out our amazing selection and prices!

Giving away Easter goodies to 33 families, which included 70 children.  In 2017, each family received a food box that included a canned ham!

We got a new logo!    logo

We are very excited about the new look, which celebrates Bedford’s railroad heritage. 

Our incredible art auction and gala in August that was held at the Bower Center on North Bridge Street in Bedford.  Through the generosity of our art donors, and free framing services that were provided by Goose Creek Studio, we were able to raise more than $9,000! 

Providing back-to-school shoes to 59 students in August.  This service is made possible by a generous grant through Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.  Shoe Show in Rocky Mount, Virginia helped out with a discount and terrific customer service!

Serving 330 families in December with clothing, toys, household items and food!  177 volunteers worked before and after our “Christmas Selection Express” to set up each department and assist each shopper.  2017 was the first year that we had snow on a day that we were scheduled to serve shoppers.  Despite the snowy yards and roof tops, the roads were clear and most people were able to come to the Christmas Station as scheduled.  However, we had a make-up day on December 16th to serve the clients that could not make the trip to the Christmas Station on December 9th

On a less-than-positive note, we had a few challenges in 2017.  A vandal broke one front door on October 15 and returned on October 30 to break the other front door.  As a result, we had to replace both front doors.  On the POSITIVE side, two community Thanksgiving services collected more than $700 and another church donated $1,000 toward the cost of replacing the doors.  God is good!

And, I must acknowledge that we lost a beloved friend, volunteer, and department head in 2017.  Audrey Oliver Lee passed away unexpectedly in August.  Audrey was a kind, sweet, gentle, generous person who gave freely of her time and energy to the 4-H Program and Bedford Community Christmas Station.  We miss her every day.

Best wishes for many blessings in 2018!

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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