The mission of Rockbridge Christmas Baskets is to share the joy of the holiday season by providing food and toys to as many households-in-need as possible in Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Virginia.
History of Rockbridge Christmas Baskets
Over the years, the Santa Claus Truck became the Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program. There have been some changes since 1948 – in 2020, we served over 3,200 people including more than 1,200 children. But a lot has stayed the same. We still deliver healthy food and toys at a time of year when they’re needed most. Our operational costs are razor thin, roughly 5%. And we still rely on the generosity of others, both individuals and organizations, to do what we do. We are truly thankful for every penny and every second we are given and consider ourselves fortunate to live in a place as wonderful and caring as Rockbridge County.
President – Audrey Hawkins
Vice President – Jamie Joyner
Treasurer – Karen Paulk
Secretary - Debbie Pollard
Chair, Area – Bill Lowe
Chair, Client Relations – Jamie Joyner
Chair, Donor Relations – Paige Williams
Chair, Logistics – Jeff Martone
Chair, Food – Rolf Piranian
Chair, Communications – Jen Andrews
Chair, Health and Safety - Hayley Penix
Chair, Toys – Ruth Candler
Chair, Data – Ruth Floyd
Co-Chair, Toys/Data - Liz Schmidt
Board Member at Large — Elaine Porter
The Rockbridge County Christmas Baskets Program is able to do the good that we do thanks to individual donations and some really wonderful organizations. These organizations give their time, resources, and financial support so that we can make the holiday season a little brighter for those who need it most. Some of these organizations are listed below, but there are many others. We are fortunate to have these organizations in our backyard and we are thankful for their generosity.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Beta Club of Lylburn Downing Middle School
Charles W. Barger
City of Lexington Department of Public Works
Carilion Rockbridge Community Hospital
Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Lee-Hi Travel Plaza
Lexington Rotary Club
Lexington Sunrise Rotary
McClung Companies - Printing and Marketing Services
National Honor Society of Rockbridge County High School
National Jr. Honor Society of Maury River Middle School
Rockbridge Area Relief Association
Rockbridge Community Health Foundation
Spencer Home Center
The Rockbridge Advocate
Virginia Horse Center
Virginia Military Institute
Washington and Lee University
W&L Community Grants
W&L Athletic Department
White’s Travel Center
Areas Served and Service Organizations
|Arnold's Valley||Glasgow Lifesaving & First Aid Crew|
|Brownsburg||Brownsburg Ruritan Club|
|Buena Vista||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Collierstown||Effinger Ruritan Club|
|Fairfield||Spencer Home Center|
|Falling Springs||Natural Bridge Ruritan Club|
|Glasgow||Racers Who Care|
|Goshen||Goshen Presbyterian Church|
|Kerrs Creek||Kerrs Creek Ruritan Club|
|Lexington North||Rockbridge Church|
|Lexington South||Lexington Rotary Club|
|Mountain View||Mountain View Volunteers|
|Natural Bridge||Natural Bridge Fire Dept|
|Rockbridge Baths||Rockbridge Baths Fire Dept|
|Sam Houston||Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church|
|Vesuvius||Vesuvius Community Club|
|Village at Rockbridge & Willow Springs Apts.||Mike Bell & Boy Scout Troops 5, 29, 218 & 318 & Cub Scout Pack 180 (with assistance from Spencer Home Center)|
December 11, 2021.
Happening at the Virginia Horse Center—more details to come. Save the date, and watch this space, or keep up with us on Facebook or Instagram!
Rockbridge Christmas Baskets is actively working with public health professionals to plan for the safest possible packing event. We strongly encourage all volunteers to have their COVID vaccinations, and we are requiring properly worn masks at Packing Day.
How You Can Help
There are lots of ways you can help Rockbridge Christmas Baskets continue doing what we do. The most important way is financially. We’ve made that easy by simply clicking on the “Make A Donation” button on this page.
The Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program is a 100% volunteer organization so our overhead and expenses are extremely low. That means roughly 95% of the funds we receive go to fulfilling our mission of providing food and toys to those in need. Even better – we have established relationships with a wide range of suppliers and retailers who give us significant discounts on all our purchases, essentially multiplying the value of every dollar we receive by three or four times. The result? Every household in need receives approximately 40 pounds of healthy food and every child receives a toy that is appropriate to his or her age. No one is left out.
The other way you can help is to join us on packing day! We have over 36 tons of food to pack and thousands and thousands of toys. And don’t worry – the Effinger Ruritan Club will have plenty of coffee and donuts on hand to keep your energy up. Join us and hundreds of your friends and neighbors as we come together in the spirit of Christmas to help those less fortunate in our community.
How to Receive a Basket
Becoming a Recipient
If you received a basket last year and your contact and household information has not changed at all (same address, phone number, household members), you do NOT have to submit an application. Otherwise, if you have never received a basket or your contact and/or household information is different from last year, you must submit an application to receive a basket.
Download and print an application using the links provided here, or pick up a printed copy at any CornerStone Bank branch drive-through window or the Lexington Police Department. (And submit completed applications to these same locations during normal business hours!) This year, we will accept applications from October 1 through November 5, 2021.