The 18th annual Corinth Rotary Club/Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket Fund project is now underway with applications for help being accepted at the newspaper office and by mail.
The annual program provides approximately 1,000 boxes filed with food and paper goods to help ease the burden on these families during the holiday season.
This year organizers have set a $25,000 goal for the fundraising effort to support the program.
Rotary Club Christmas Basket Fund Chairman Jason Marlar said the project is one close to the hearts of all the members of the club who feel a responsibility to give back and make a difference.
"We feel obligated to give back to the community," said Marlar.
They understand Christmas is an especially difficult time for those struggling to make ends meet, he said.
"The Daily Corinthian is pleased to play a role in helping provide for the needy during the holiday season," said the newspaper's publisher Reece Terry.
The great need in the community brings with it a great need for support to help the Christmas basket program be a success.
"That's where the community comes in, to help us help others," said Marlar.
Terry said every donation given to the program makes a direct impact on those in need.
"Again this year we are depending on the generosity of the people in our community to help make this possible. We will need to raise $25,000 in community donations to pay for the food baskets. Please remember all donations, regardless of the amount, will be appreciated," said Terry.
Applications for assistance from the program will be accepted now through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26. An application form appears on page 3 of today's newspaper and will appear in the paper daily. Forms may be dropped off at the Daily Corinthian office at 1800 South Harper Road in Corinth from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Applications may also be mailed to Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 10, Corinth, MS 38835. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Nov. 25.
Those approved to receive a basket will be notified by telephone prior to the Dec. 7 basket distribution day.
Donations to assist with the effort can also be dropped by the newspaper office or mailed to the address above. Donations may be made in memory or in honor of an individual or group and are a great way to recognize or remember someone special during the holiday season. All donations will be acknowledged in the newspaper in a daily update published on the front page throughout the holidays.