• Rockbridge Christmas Baskets

    Bringing Joy to Our Corner of the World

    Packing Day 2023 was a terrific success thanks to hundreds of energetic volunteers and dozens of dedicated community partners. Together, we packed 40 tons of food and added warm blankets to the deliveries to every household in need. (Nearly 1,200!) RCB is beyond grateful for this level of support. Rockbridge County, we love you! We hope you will save space on your calendar for Packing Day 2024 on December 7!

Mission Statement

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 and Board of Directors

History of Rockbridge Christmas Baskets

In December of 1948, the Lexington Woman’s’ Club and the Lexington Junior Woman’s Club created an amazing thing – the Santa Claus Truck. The Santa Claus Truck was a coordinated community effort to provide food and toys to those in need at Christmas. There were any number of individual efforts at the time trying to do the same sort of thing – churches and civic clubs doing what they could with what they had. But the magic behind the Santa Claus Truck was that it brought all of these individual efforts together, creating a synergy that only comes when like minds and hearts collaborate. The Santa Claus Truck served 150 families that first year and a tradition was born.

Over the years, the Santa Claus Truck became the Rockbridge Christmas Basket Program. There have been some changes since 1948 – in 2023, we served 3,363 people, including 1,219 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 3%. 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.

Board of Directors

President – Paige Williams
Vice President – Jamie Joyner
Treasurer – Karen Paulk
Secretary — Debbie Pollard
Chair, Area – Bill Lowe
Acting Chair, Client Relations – Jen Andrews
Chair, Donor Relations – Paige Williams
Acting Chair, Logistics – Jamie Joyner
Chair, Food – Rolf Piranian
Chair, Communications – Jen Andrews
Chair, Toys – Ruth Candler
Chair, Data – Ruth Floyd
Co-Chair, Toys/Data – Liz Schmidt
Board Member at Large — Audrey Hawkins
Board Member at Large — Elaine Porter

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Community Support

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.

Community Supporters

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)

Packing Day

Save the date! Packing Day 2024 is planned for Saturday, December 7, 2024.

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 40 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

The basket application period ended on November 20, 2023. We are unable to take applications at this time. We hope you enjoy the holidays and have an excellent 2024!