More than 100 volunteers gathered outside the Crossroads Arena on Saturday to load boxes of food and supplies in the 21st Annual Corinth Rotary Club/Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket Giveaway.
Among the volunteers were Boy Scouts and school groups, including members of Alcorn Central High School’s BETA Club. Many Corinth Rotary Club members take part.
“I do this because I want everyone in Alcorn County to have a good Christmas,” said sophomore Chloe Hatfield. “I have enough, so I want to make sure others have enough, too.”
Hatfield, along with her friend Lili Wall, have been helping the cause each year since they entered high school and joined the BETA Club.
“We really enjoy doing this,” said Wall. “It really means something to people in need.”
Everyone involved in the giveaway agrees no one should go hungry at Christmas.
With that idea in mind, the Corinth Rotary Club and the Daily Corinthian once again partnered for the fundraiser which serves up 1,000 baskets filled with food and paper products one week before Christmas.
Those in need completed a application process before being approved to receive a basket. The entire process has been going on for weeks, according to volunteer Vince Overholt.
“The application process started in November, and then the hard work began earlier this week. Thursday night we started packing and arranging the boxes,” he said. “This is a huge deal for the community and for us – the Rotary is a civic organization and we are here to serve the community we love.”
A fundraising goal of $23,000 has been set to support the effort. So far, the group has already received close to $8,000.
“Donations are still needed in a big way,” said Rotary President Michael Tate. “We’re really counting on the community to help us reach our goal."
Christmas Basket Fund donations can be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” a special person or persons. The tribute will be published in the Daily Corinthian.
"We want to thank Long Wholesale and Gardner's Supermarket for providing the food at cost, Kimberly-Clark for the paper donations and the Crossroads Arena for donating the space," said Rotary member and Daily Corinthian publisher Reece Terry. "Without their help, this project would not happen."
Donations can be brought by the newspaper office or mailed to: Daily Corinthian, Attn.: Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 1800, Corinth, MS 38835.