About Us

Bedford Community Christmas Station began as an idea when a group of local citizens gathered together on March 8, 2006 to discuss a new way to provide assistance to low-income families at Christmas.  The people in attendance represented local agencies, organizations, churches, and businesses, many of which had provided Christmas assistance programs in the past.  At the meeting on March 8, it was agreed that it would be easier to reach the families in need, without duplicating efforts, if we combined our energies and resources into one program in one location.

Setting up a county-wide Christmas assistance program required the involvement of the entire community.  A Board of Directors was formed and officers were elected.  By-laws were written and forms were designed.  The County of Bedford offered space for the Christmas Station at 206 Washington Street in Bedford.  K & K signs installed a sign in the front window, and Bedford Baptist Church Sunday School Class paid for the sign.  J. G. Overstreet, Esquire, submitted Articles of Incorporation to the State Corporation on behalf of the Christmas Station.  Stan Bennett, CPA, completed the paperwork necessary for tax-exempt status with the IRS.  Shelving and clothing racks were donated by local businesses.  And, OneSource Graphics set up this web site!

Dozens of individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and churches made donations that first year to help get Bedford Community Christmas Station up and running.  It was a tremendous leap of faith to schedule 262 families to choose gift items for their family members – we believed that the toys, clothes, household items and food would be there when we opened our doors to serve families in December 2006.  It was also wonderful to see the hundreds of volunteers that came forward to set up the Christmas Station and serve the families in a dignified and respectful manner.

The Christmas Station has grown slowly but steadily since 2006.  In 2010, we began offering workshops to the families that have been accepted for Christmas assistance.  In 2012, the Christmas Station moved to a temporary location at 584 Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford.  The following year, Mr. Earl Childers GAVE us the building that serves as our “permanent” home:  510 Blue Ridge Avenue.  With our expanded space, we were able to expand our services!  We added a department for disabled adults and senior citizens.  We also added an Easter Eggstra Event and Shoes for Students in August.  Additionally, we have been able to add a year-round food pantry that is staffed by our part-time Program Services Coordinator.

It is the goal of the Christmas Station to ensure that every eligible family in Bedford will enjoy a joyful, family-centered Christmas while also meeting other seasonal/year-round needs as our resources allow.  With your continued support, that dream will become a reality.  Thank you for making our mission possible!

Karen Hughes, Board President

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