The CCS mission is to assist families in need in a dignified manner during the holiday season. The CCS goal is for recipient families to select their Christmas items according to the individual needs and preferences of each family member.
100% Volunteer! Remarkably, the CCS is operated solely by volunteers. There are no paid employees or staff. Approximately 90% of all funds donated to the CCS go directly to the families served. These families are residents of Roanoke County, the Town of Vinton, the City of Salem, or Craig County.
In 2013, the CCS served 1,183 people during its two days of operation. There were 485 families consisting of 747 children and 313 adults. In 2014, our goal is to serve 600-700 families, with an anticipated budget of at least $60,000.
How does this happen? The CCS volunteers work year-round to collect donations, hold fund raisers and to find a generous building owner, willing to donate the use of a building or the store during November and December. They coordinate their efforts with churches, various organizations, businesses, schools, and individuals. The volunteers shop for goods, assemble shelving, stock and decorate the store. They review applications from potential shoppers, purchasing specifically for the needs, sizes and ages of eligible applicants.
What should a shopper expect? The eligible families are notified of the time and location for their shopping. When they arrive, they are greeted by friendly volunteers who assist them in finding new clothing, new toys, new household items, and food for their family. They do not need to bring any money. The CCS is completely free of charge.