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Christmas Chest begins 25th year

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The Galax Y’s Men’s Club is in its 25th year of coordinating the annual Community Christmas Chest Fund that provides food for 550 needed families in the area during the holidays.
The fundraising goal this year is $30,000 to buy the food, which provides two large boxes filled with staples for each family at a cost of $55 per family.
The Galax V’s Men’s Club asks the community to continue to bond together in support of the fundraising goal as in the past.
Families receiving the food boxes are screened and selected by departments of social services in Galax, Grayson and Carroll.
Applications are being taken there through Dec. 13.
Chairman Gene Cox encourages continued participation from individuals, churches, clubs, businesses and schools. Last year 55 percent of the funds received came from individuals, 33 percent from churches, 7 percent from civic clubs, and 15 percent from businesses.
“This is a total community effort, with total emphasis being placed on the individuals, large or small,” Cox said.
A fundraising live radio broadcast will be aired Dec. 4, on WBRF‑FM and WWWJ‑AM radio stations from Magic Mart in Galax.
The public is invited to come by the store to make donations and see items to be sold to highest bidder during the fundraising broadcast.
The food will be packed in boxes at the U.S. Armory Reserve Center, Armory Road, Galax, on Dec. 15, starting at 7 p.m. Individuals and groups are asked to assist.
Delivery of food boxes will be on Dec. 18, starting at 7 a.m.