Christmas is here!!! That means only one thing…time to bless your neighbors! It is Community Christmas Food Fund time again! That time of year where you get to give, pack and deliver blessing boxes to folks less fortunate in our area. The blessing boxes consist of two large boxes of staple foods that will help recipients through a difficult time of year.
The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is facilitating this COMMUNITY project. You, the COMMUNITY actually make the blessing boxes a reality! Each year we start from scratch to raise the needed $30,000 to purchase all the food needed to fill the blessing boxes. Zero funds come from the Galax Fire Department, so we need everyone’s help! How is the money raised? There are several ways. The first is straight up donations. The public is invited to give. 80% of the money raised comes from individual and group donations. All donations are received at PO BOX 330 in Galax, VA 24333. Make checks payable to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department with ‘Community Christmas Food Fund’ in the memo line. The second way to help with the needed funds is by attending or listening to the Live Auction and Radio Broadcast on WBRF 98.1 FM on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00pm-4:30pm at Walmart in Galax. Stop by and listen to live music from Out of the Box Praise Band and Splitting Cedars. While you are there, place a bid on some of the wonderful, donated items that will be in the silent auction that day. These items include an OVER the RANGE MICROWAVE, a WALL MOUNTED PROPANE HEATER, a LOVE SEAT/CHAIR/STORAGE OTTOMAN, a RECLINER, a DODGE MINIVAN, an AREA RUG, and a 6 DRAWER CHEST and a COMPLETE BEDROOM SUIT! These are the items we can confirm at this time. Many more are in the works and will be ready by auction day. All of these items are donated by area businesses who believe that the true meaning of the season is blessing others. Pictures and descriptions of each item and the business that made the donation are on the Galax Fire website at www.galaxfire.com. Another giving avenue is the donation trailer located in Felts Park at the HIGH COUNTRY LIGHTS CHRISTMMAS LIGHT SHOW. The light show begins Thanksgiving night and runs through January 2nd from 6:00pm-11:00pm nightly. There is no cost to view the show. For more information on the light show, log onto www.highcountrylights.com.
There are also other ways to help with the blessing boxes. We need help packing the food into the 1100 boxes. This packing event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec 15th beginning at 7:00pm at the Galax Firehouse. The packing event is a sight to behold! We also rely on the community to deliver the boxes. Delivery day is Sunday, Dec 18th, beginning at 7:00am, also from the Galax Fire Department at 300 W. Grayson St.
If you or someone you know is in need of blessing boxes this Christmas, you may sign up at your local Department of Social Services office. If you have further questions, you may call Captain Mike Ayers with the Galax Fire Department at 276-235-9580.
2016 Auction Items
Six Drawer Hardwood Chest
Donated by: Vanguard Industries in Hillsville, VA
Over the Range Microwave with Hidden Vent 1.7 cu. ft.
Donated by: Pulaski Appliances of Pulaski, VA
PROCOM PROPANE HEATER
20,000 BTU Vent Free Wall Mount Heater
Donated by: Cockerham Energy of Galax, VA
COMPLETE BEDROOM SUIT
Queen Size Bed, Night Stand, Dresser, and Chest of Drawers
Donated by: Vaughan Bassett Furniture
LOVE SEAT/CHAIR/STORAGE OTTOMAN
Love Seat: 66x40x37 Chair: 48x40x37 Storage Ottoman: 46x26x19
Donated by: Albany Industries
La-Z-Boy Bartlett Reclina-Rocker Recliner
Donated by: Guynn Furniture
2004 Dodge Caravan
Donated by: Fenders Body Shop
Kuba Male Area Rug
Donated by: New River Artisans of Piney Creek, NC