"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.
2013 has been an incredibly lucky year for Bedford Community Christmas Station! After serving 322 families in 2012, we had the help of hundreds of volunteers in cleaning up and packing up the remaining merchandise. We enjoyed a festive Sweetheart Social in February 2013 at the Bedford Welcome Center, when we honored and thanked our wonderful volunteers. We hosted successful fundraisers that included two spaghetti dinners, a huge yard sale, two sidewalk sales, the raffle of a beautiful hand-made quilt, and a cowbell service hosted by Liberty Cowboy Church. Throughout the year we received generous donations from individuals and families, churches, organizations, businesses and schools. Then in early summer we received a phone call that would have a dramatic effect on the services, stability and growth of our program. Mr. Earl Childers, a successful Bedford businessman, met with the Christmas Station Board and offered to buy us a building in honor of the memory of his wife!!!!! On Saturday, September 28th, with the help of many hard-working volunteers, we were able to move into the Ethel Young Childers Community Christmas Station building at 510 Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford. I would like to recognize the efforts of the Liberty Cowbow Church, Brookhill Wesleyan Church, Dewey Gunnoe and the use of his truck, the LHS Key Club, the Mount Olivet Baptist Church youth group, the Shady Grove Baptist Church Youth Group, the Bedford Rotary Club, Jai and EverAfter, Frederic's Flowers, Carter's Carpet Shop, Witt Mechanical, Peebles Department Store and the many individuals who gave time and materials to help us get moved in and ready to serve families.
I want to thank the department heads who worked tirelessly to set up the departments and ensure that we had enough merchandise on hand to serve 325 families:
Boys Department: Lori Moorman and Patty Brown
Girls Department: Audrey Lee
Infants Department: Melissa Mitchell
Teen Clothing Department: Wanda Cooper
Household Department: Lynn Posid and Susan Raper
Teen Gift Department: Nina Jones with Shea and Jodi
Toy Department: Karen Hostetter with Yelear
Our NEW Special Seniors Department: Linda Bowyer
Food Department: The Bedford Rotary Club with the help of Dewey Gunnoe, who donated a ham for every family
Special thanks to Lori Moorman for sharing her tremendous skill and creativity in decorating our building.
We had a moving and inspirational building dedication on December 11, which coincides with the birthday of Ethel Young Childers. We were grateful to Frank Rogers, Robert Wandrei and Charles Kolakowski for speaking on behalf of the County of Bedford and the Town of Bedford. We enjoyed a touching tribute given by Mr. Childers followed by refreshments and tours of the building.
On December 12, 13, and 14, we served 325 families with children's clothing, toys, household items, teen gifts, special gifts for senior citizens and disabled adults, food, personal care items, cleaning and paper products, and Christmas decorations. Our compassionate and friendly volunteers got many hugs, saw many tears of joy, and heard many comments of gratitude.
As we prepare for upcoming projects, we want to pause to thank the community for the support and generosity that has made it possible for us to meet the needs of our low-income neighbors. We are truly blessed, and we pray that you will enjoy peace and blessings in the year to come.
With warmest regards,
Karen Hughes, Board President
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