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Crossroads Christmas - Volunteers, food still sought for Christmas Day event

Crossroads Christmas volunteers Sherry Gibson and Trenia Marcum serve up Christmas Day dinners at last year's event. This year's dinner is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the Alcorn Central High School cafeteria.

Staff photo by Mark Boehler

Everything is coming together ahead of the Living Free Ministries' free community Christmas Day dinner known as Crossroads Christmas.

Home cooked traditional Christmas dinner side dishes and desserts are the food items still needed, while volunteers are also wanted for a clean-up crew following the meal.

Living Free Founder Tommy Wilson said everything is on schedule for the Christmas Day event, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday inside the Alcorn Central High School cafeteria.

"We have had a tremendous outpouring of donations so far this year with a record number of turkey and ham donations. Now we need home cooked sides and desserts to balance everything out and ensure everyone has the best meal possible," said Wilson.

The most needed home cooked items include devil eggs, corn, green beans, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and desserts of any kind.

Food can be dropped off at Living Free Ministries facility, located behind Magnolia Funeral Home on Highway 72 East, ahead of time or brought directly to the ACHS cafeteria on Christmas Day.

Volunteer helpers will be curbside in front of the school gym to help with unloading beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Monetary and other donations are also welcome, according to Wilson.

"We have a real need for volunteer help once the event is over, as well," said the founder. "A good crew of people here about 1:30 p.m. to help with clean-up will be a blessing."

Everyone is invited to the holiday meal for food and fellowship. Those attending will not only enjoy a free traditional Christmas meal, but also the showing of "It's A Wonderful Life." The first 100 children will receive Christmas stockings filled with toys and other goodies. Arts and crafts will also be available for the kids.

Alcorn Central's Clothes Closet will be open to those in need of a warm coat, pair of jeans or even shoes during the Christmas Day event.

Wilson said the day isn't just for those are are needy or hungry.

"Crossroads Christmas is for everyone. It's Christmas Day ... no one needs to be alone on Christmas Day. That's what it's all about "" just being together," said Wilson.

Volunteers from Living Free, ACHS and the community will serve the meal, which will celebrate seven years.

The plan is to serve about 1,000 meals to the community. People are welcome to eat at the school or take a to-go plate. To-go plates will also be taken into the community to those without a way to travel. Another 500 or more meals will be taken to prisoners and staff members at the Alcorn County Regional Correction Facility.

(Online donations can be made at livingfreecorinth.com. For more Crossroads Christmas information, contact Marea Wilson at 662-643-7298 or e-mail marea@jumperrealty.com.)