The day is finally here.

It’s the return of a Christmas Day event that has quickly become a local tradition for many.

Living Free Ministries’ annual Crossroads Christmas is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a drive-through-only service at Alcorn Central High School.

The event allows community members, regardless of socioeconomic status, to pick up a complimentary traditional holiday meal on Christmas Day. Locals can safely pull curbside at ACHS gym located at 8 CR 254 in Glen and be served a warm to-go dinner of turkey and ham, dressing, green beans, slaw, corn, roll and dessert.

Living Free Ministries’ founder Tommy Wilson said there’s still a need for volunteers ahead of the event.

“Anyone who would like to come to lend a helping hand and spend Christmas Day with us would be greatly appreciated,” Wilson told the Daily Corinthian. “We need extra people working in the kitchen cooking food, in the prepping area getting to-go plates built, runners to run items from the kitchen to the curb and folks to work the curb as well.”

He said there’s also still a need for cooked ham and turkey. Those can be dropped off at ACHS before 11 a.m. Saturday according to Wilson.

Tommy and Marea Wilson along with Sheriff Ben Caldwell, school Superintendent Brandon Quinn and ACHS Principal Jeremy Reece are the organizers of the event which costs about $5,000 to put on. Living Free foots the bill through community donations.

Chef Larry Betts heads the kitchen where 1,000 meals will be served. About 400 of those meals will be sent to the county and regional jails. Wilson says it’s important that prisoners housed at the facility get a traditional meal on Christmas Day.

Monetary donations are also still being accepted to help pay for the event. They can be mailed to PO Box 224, Corinth, MS 38835. An online donation option is available at livingfreecorinth.com.

For more information, contact Tommy Wilson at 662-603-9829.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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