The spirit of giving was alive in the Crossroads this Christmas.

With fund-raising for the annual Christmas Basket food giveaway winding down, the fund ended at $20,935, just $65 short of the $21,000 goal set this year to cover the expenses of providing 1,000 food boxes to the community.

“The generosity of the community has been outstanding this year,” said Rotary Club President Ellis Rhett. “It’s ironic in a year such as we’re having. It allows us to plan for the future and move forward next year with some assurances of another year of the basket.”

Despite the hardships of 2020, the year’s fund-raising surpassed the 2019 total of $18,207. In the past 10 years, it is the fourth best year of giving for the joint project of Corinth Rotary and the Daily Corinthian.

“The Rotary Club and the Daily Corinthian, as a joint team, are very appreciative of the response,” said Rhett.

The food boxes were given away just before Christmas at Crossroads Arena in an all drive-thru format to help maintain social distancing.

“We had a good distribution of it, and the volunteers were fantastic again this year,” said Rhett.

Any leftovers went to the AMEN Food Pantry.

The longstanding Christmas Basket project is intended to help people in need enjoy some good eating through the holidays. It happens each year on faith that the community will come through with financial support.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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