January 16, 2015
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BI-LO associates from 5534 help to fill 625 boxes for the event.​

Vidalia, Georgia BI-LO store No. 5534 was busy through the holidays working with local nonprofit Toombs County Charities to provide 625 meals to families in need during their 42ndannual Christmas box donation.

Toombs County Charities is the oldest nonprofit organization in the area and strives to help families in need during the holiday season. The organization works year-round raising donations and applying for grants to ensure they have funds to help neighbors in need. Recipients inlcude elderly people who struggle to find assistance and families with children who have fallen on hard times.

This year, the organization received an $8,000 grant from the Bi-Lo Holdings foundation to help with community efforts, said Jan Williams, Toombs County Charities secretary.

“Each year we receive over 1,000 applications for Christmas boxes then our committee individually takes a look at every application to make sure the boxes go to the families that are most in need in our community,” Williams said.

Williams took the Christmas box project over when another organization no longer had the resources to handle the growing demand. Every year, she strives to fill more boxes than the year before.

BI-LO has been working with the nonprofit organization on this project for over 20 years, coordinating the pricing of the products, delivery and helping to fill boxes on assembly day.

"BI-LO has continued to be a huge supporter of this initiative and Store Director Chester Skinner in particular pays great attention to every last detail on making sure everything we need is taken care of -- I don’t ever have to worry -- which is a great relief to have community partner that we can count on,” said Williams.

The Christmas boxes are all assembled in one day in an old warehouse where tons of volunteers, including BI-LO associates, help to package and send the boxes on there way. Each family approved for a Christmas box receives more than 20 grocery products.

“This organization really strives to give recipients more than just a Christmas meal, they provide these families with essential items that will help keep them full for more than just one day and I think that is something really special,” stated BI-LO Store Director Chester Skinner. “I have personally been working with this organization for many years and I look forward to continuing to help them in the future.”

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BI-LO Store Director Chester Skinner, Toombs County Charity Secretary Jan Williams and BI-LO District Director Brian Shillinglaw celebrate the organizations recent grant donation.

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