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.
2022 Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX)
Everything we do throughout the year is in preparation for our CSX program in December!
Our 2022 CSX will be held on December 6th, 8th, and 10th.
To apply to receive assistance this Christmas, all families must attend one of the following screenings, held at the Christmas Station building.
- Friday, October 21st (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
- Saturday, October 22nd (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
- Saturday, October 29th (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
- Sunday, November 6th (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
- Thursday, November 10th (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Parents/Legal Guardians need to bring the following documentation to the screening:
– Photo ID (of the parent/legal guardian) (ID must also be brought to the event)
– Recent pay stub or other income verification showing monthly income
– Child’s birth certificate or insurance card
– Proof of child custody may be required
– Proof of school enrollment (a report card or letter/email from the school). If the child is home-schooled, bring documentation that the child is registered with Bedford County Schools as a home-schooled student.
You can fill out a CSX application at the screening, or print the application (click here), fill it out, and bring it with you.
Recap of our 2021 Christmas Selection eXpress (CSX)
On December 7th, 9th, and 11th of 2021, we were honored to serve 231 families which included 129 senior citizens and adults with disabilities and 361 children!
We were able to continue health safety precautions with all our families, which was very important to us. We asked all family members to wear masks and wait in their cars until their appointment time so we limited the number of people in our building. Everyone was understanding and appreciative of the continued safety measures.
Our amazing 107 volunteers made CSX a success! These volunteers made calls to schedule volunteers, shopped for items for each department, set up the departments, packed food boxes and personal care bags, made Christmas decoration baskets, checked in families for their appointment, escorted families around the building to select their items, loaded cars, made food, and countless other acts of service throughout the year to make CSX successful. We are so thankful for every person who gave of their time and talents this year!
A special thank you goes out to the following people and businesses that donated food or money to feed our volunteers:
Sister to Sister Catering, Subway, Sharpe Brothers Sanitation Service, Donnie and Lisa of Fisher’s Catering, FoodLion (New London), Josie Arney, Janet Carter, Robert and Rosa Carson, Linda Harris, Stephanie Coughlan, Jenifer Schier, Patty Brown, Peggy Thompson and family.