As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to fall, we can see the beauty of our community all around us, and are reminded that the holidays are almost here. This time of year also comes with many opportunities to help the people around us who may be hurting. “There is a lot of need in the New River Valley, which is especially visible during the holiday season. Hunger as an issue in our community doesn’t simply go away or get solved by feeding a family once. Hunger is a perpetual need that requires a number of caring people to come together throughout the year to help our neighbors. The Holiday Meal Box programs offered through the United Way serve as a small way to bless families who otherwise would have to go without food during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.” states Kymn Davidson-Hamley, Executive Director of United Way.
This year, United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd has teamed up with partner charities; Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP), Radford Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) and Floyd County Emergency Assistance Program (FCEAP). The four charities have teamed up to provide local families with a Holiday dinner box filled with Holiday dinner essentials. Last year’s efforts provided 1,627 individuals combined with a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal box. While this was a wonderful accomplishment, there are still many more individuals who need this valuable assistance and it will not be possible without the help of our local community.
If you, your company, church, or organization are interested in running a Holiday food drive, please contact the United Way office. Together we can unite and make sure no family in our community goes without a holiday meal!
Donations can be dropped-off at the United Way office in downtown Christiansburg, located at 111 West Main Street. Drop-off hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Fridays from 8:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
If you or someone you know is in need of a Holiday dinner box, please contact the following charity based upon the area you live for more information:
Montgomery County: Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program at (540) 381-1561
Radford City: Radford Emergency Assistance Program at (540) 731-3663, ext. 6994
Floyd County: Floyd County Emergency Assistance Program at (540) 745-2102
Holiday Dinner Box Needs List
Gift Cards for Frozen Turkeys
Canned or Cured Hams
Corn Meal/ Corn Muffin Mix
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Pie Crust Mix/Dessert Mix
If you would like additional information on United Way’s Holiday Meal Box program, please contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd at (540) 381-2066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.