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The Bedford Community Christmas Station is an all-volunteer, community-wide, nonprofit organization which assists low-income families in the Bedford Community on a seasonal basis by providing families with an opportunity to make choices in an atmosphere characterized by choice and dignity. Serving families with children is our highest priority.
Bedford Community Christmas Station is a collaborative effort of Bedford agencies, organizations, churches, businesses and individuals to provide Christmas assistance to needy families. The Christmas Station is located at 206 Washington Street in Bedford; from this location, low-income families receive comprehensive Christmas assistance services: clothing for infants, children and teens, children’s toys and teen gifts, household items and food. The Christmas Station is set up like a department store with sections for infant clothing and toys, girls clothing, boys clothing, teen clothing and gifts, toys, household items, and food. All items in the Christmas Station are new, with the exception of gently-used coats. Applications are screened by trained volunteers; to be found eligible, the family must live in the City/County of Bedford, earn less than 125% of the poverty level, and have at least one eligible family member in the household: a child under the age of 18, a senior citizen, or a disabled adult. Families who recently experienced a crisis are also served through Bedford Community Christmas Station regardless of income. Eligible families are assigned a day and time to come to the Christmas Station to choose Christmas gifts for the children, disabled adults, and senior citizens in the family. Families "shop" with points that are assigned based on the number of eligible members in the family. Families can earn additional gift items by volunteering at the Christmas Station during set-up days. When families arrive at the Christmas Station, they are greeted by a volunteer host or hostess who walks through the Christmas Station with the shopper and assists the shopper in choosing gift items in the appropriate departments. In addition to two full winter outfits and two to four high-quality toys, shoppers will choose the following items for each child: underclothes and socks, an additional accessory such as a hat, pair of gloves, belt or purse, a book, stuffed animal, stocking stuffer, and a school supply. Gently-used coats are available for any family member who needs one. Each family is assigned 30 points to use in the household section to choose items such as blankets, sheets, pots & pans, coffee makers, dish sets, glass ware, or tool kits. Each family also receives a box of food that includes a ham or a turkey.
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