Christmas baskets will be given out with the same cheer but extra care this year.

With the recent uptick in the COVID threat, all precautions will be taken, and organizers are getting the word out on some logistical changes for Saturday morning’s annual Corinth Rotary / Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket giveaway at Crossroads Arena.

“We are working to make the basket as safe for everyone as possible, for both our volunteers and basket recipients,” said Rotary President Ellis Rhett.

“Drive-thru” is the key rule for this year’s basket recipients.

“The primary thing we’re going to do differently is we’re going to ask the folks that are receiving baskets to stay in their cars from the time they arrive for the entire process,” said Rhett. “We traditionally have asked them to come inside the arena and check in and get a ticket and go through the drive-thru to pick up their basket. We are going to check them in in the parking lot without them getting out of their vehicles.”

Volunteers will be stationed on the south side of the arena to get recipients checked in and lined up to head to the receiving area.

Volunteers and Rotarians will carry out their duties in compliance with the pandemic guidelines, including the wearing of face coverings.

Demand for the baskets is always great, and this year is no exception. The project will see 1,000 baskets given away Saturday morning.

“If we have any baskets left once we have given out all of those who have been contacted to receive a basket, then we always are willing to pass out those baskets at the end of the time that we have allotted,” said Rhett.

Rotary enlists numerous volunteers to help load the food boxes with staples to help people eat well through the holidays. Assembly will take place Thursday evening at the arena.

This year’s fundraising goal to support the cause is $21,000, and it has a ways to go to meet that figure.

“We always have to depend on the generosity of the folks of Alcorn County to continue to give to that fund,” said Rhett.

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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