Christmas Selection eXpress

A Brief History

The Bedford Community Christmas Station assistance program, now called Christmas Selection eXpress, was our first endeavor as an organization in December of 2006. That first year, we were able to serve 262 families by providing Christmas gifts, household items, food, toys, and used coats.

Since 2008, eligible families have also been given opportunities to attend education workshops before their shopping appointment. Subjects include nutrition, personal finance, anxiety and depression, childcare, and more.

Each year since 2006 we have been honored to continue this program and have now assisted more than 4,000 families during the Christmas season. God has blessed this program from the beginning and is continuing to do so.

 

2020 Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX)

In order to participate in the 2020 CSX, you must:

Attend one of the CSX eligibility screenings to apply (see schedule below)
Reside in Bedford County
Earn a low income
Have a child under age 18, a senior citizen 60 and over, and/or a disabled adult

Schedule of CSX Eligibility Screenings:

Where:
Bedford Public Library  |  321 N. Bridge Street, Bedford, VA  |  Meeting Room (entrance in back of the building, accessible from the parking lot)

When:
Friday, October 16th: 10am – 2pm
Saturday, October 17th: 10am – 2pm
Friday, October 23rd: noon – 4pm
Friday, October 30th: 10am – 2pm
Saturday, November 7th: 10am – 2pm
Sunday, November 8th: 1pm – 5pm

2020 Instructions for Eligibility Screening:

When you arrive at one of the screening events, please wear a mask when entering the library’s meeting room. Only one person per household will be allowed so that we can maintain social distancing (no children please). Hand sanitizer and gloves will be available. If you do not already have an application, you will be given one to fill out in your car. You’ll also receive a number and wait in your car until you are called back to check-in.

You must bring:

An application:
Applications are available at the Bedford Public Library’s main desk or at the Christmas Station facility (510 Blue Ridge Ave., Bedford, VA)
You can also download the application here.
Applications cannot be mailed or turned in at schools, the Department of Social Services, or at the library. You must bring the application with you to the CSX eligibility screening or fill it out at the screening when you arrive.

The following documents:
Photo ID
Proof of total monthly income
Insurance card or birth certificate (for each child in your household)
School documents if your child is in school or homeschooled (i.e. a report card)
Proof of child custody may also be required

Once approved to received assistance through this program, you will be assigned a time slot during one of the following shopping days!

Tuesday, December 8th  |  Thursday, December 10th  |  Saturday, December 12th

If you have any questions concerning eligibility, please contact Karen Hughes at 540-492-0382.

 

What to Expect:

During the Christmas Selection eXpress, which is typically held the second week of December, the Christmas Station is set up like a department store, with sections for infants, girls clothing, boys clothing, teen clothing and gifts, seniors, disabled adults, toys, household items, and food.

All merchandise in the Christmas Station is new and donated or purchased with money that has been donated or raised through fundraisers. Gently used coats are available to any family member who needs one. Each family that is accepted to shop at the Christmas Station also receives a box of food and personal items.

2020 CSX: More details to come!

 

Volunteers:

The Christmas Station depends on volunteers to meet the needs of the community. In November and December, more than 150 volunteers are needed to screen applications, set up all departments, and serve eligible families during the Christmas Selection eXpress event.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for this event:

Call: 540-586-0754
Tues./Wed. between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Email: bedfordchristmas@aol.com
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