UPDATE: Due to the forecast for snow, the radio broadcast and auction have been moved to December 16th at Food City in Galax.
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 full of food to folks less fortunate in our area. The blessing boxes consist of two large boxes of staple foods that will help recipients through a financially 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. Individuals, churches, civic organizations, and businesses are invited to give. 80% of the money raised comes from individual and group donations. Donations are received at PO BOX 330 in Galax, VA 24333 or by seeing any Galax Volunteer Firefighter. Make checks payable to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department with ‘Community Christmas Food Fund’ in the memo line. The second way to help secure the needed funds is by attending or listening to the Live Auction and Radio Broadcast on WBRF 98.1 FM on Sunday, December 16th from 2:00pm-4:30pm at Food City in Galax and calling in your pledge. Stop by and listen to live music from ShadowGrass, an outstanding local group of young musicians. 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 a new Dishwasher, a Lazy Boy Power Recliner, a Mattress/BoxSpring, a complete Bedroom Suit, and much more! All of these items have been 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 as well as the Fire Department’s Facebook page.
What other ways can you help? We need help packing the food into the 1100 boxes. This packing event is scheduled for Thursday, Dec 20th beginning at 7:00pm at the Galax Firehouse. The packing event is a sight to behold and a lot of fun! Young, old, and in-between…there is a job for you! We also rely on the community to deliver the boxes. Delivery day is Sunday, Dec 23rd, beginning at 7:00am, also from the Galax Fire Department at 300 W. Grayson St. That is where the true blessing is experienced by those delivering!
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.
2018 Auction Items
Bedroom Suit by Vaughan Bassett
QUEEN SIZE HEADBOARD/FOOTBOARD
DRESSER with MIRROR
VAUGHAN BASSETT FURNITURE
HearthRite 30,000 BTU
VENT FREE/WALL MOUNT
Retail Value: $450.00
La-Z-Boy Power Recliner
G.E. Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher
24” x 33” x 24”
Suggested Retail: $449.00