The 22nd Annual Corinth Rotary Club/Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket Fund kicks off this this week and donations will be accepted to help raise money for the program. In addition, applications will be accepted from those who may have need of assistance.
Applications will be included in the Daily Corinthian and completed forms can be directly clipped from the newspaper or picked up at the newspaper office.
Completed applications must be turned in at the Daily Corinthian office by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, said Rotary Christmas Basket Chair Michael Tate.
After the application deadline, those who are approved to receive baskets during the Christmas Basket giveaway will be notified via telephone in the days leading up to distribution day. Distribution of the baskets this year will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Crossroads Arena.
“They continue to be gracious to us at the Crossroads Arena to allow us to use their facility,” said Tate.
Organizers hope to be able to provide up to 1,000 baskets this year, which marks the 22nd straight year the Corinth Rotary Club and the Daily Corinthian have partnered to help create the baskets which will help feed financially disadvantaged families during the Christmas holiday.
A fundraising goal of $23,000 has been set to help fund the special food drive.
Traditionally, the baskets include canned and dry vegetables, canned meat, fruit, bread, flour, sugar and candy products from Long Wholesale and paper products donated by Kimberly-Clark.
Each year the Christmas Basket fund is truly a community effort. The community at large also helps tremendously with the project in providing the donations that pay for the baskets. Donations can be made “in honor or” or “in memory of” a special person(s) and this tribute will be published daily in the Daily Corinthian.
“We deeply appreciate the way the community always steps up to help with this program each year. We couldn’t do it without them,” said Daily Corinthian Publisher Reece Terry.
Donations can be brought by the newspaper office, located at 1607 South Harper Road, or mailed to: Daily Corinthian, Attn: Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 1800, Corinth, MS 38835.