Holidays should be a time of Hope and Joy, but for many families in Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia, this season will be plagued with dread and anxiety. To date, Bland Ministry Center in Bland, VA has given out just over 4,700 food boxes in 2013, and plans to give out 800 special food boxes for Christmas alone. These Christmas boxes are especially designed to include everything that a family might need to prepare a traditional holiday meal for their family: Holiday Ham, green beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, breads, pie, fruit, and more. In addition to these special meals, BMC is also once again partnering with the county's Department of Social Services to provide Christmas presents for local children. Your monetary donation will help us supplement in-kind donations to ensure each family is able to shift their focus away from financial burden and instead to fellowshipping with one another around a warm Christmas meal.