As applications continue to pour in for the 26th Annual Corinth Rotary Club/Daily Corinthian Christmas Basket Fund food giveaway, the program’s first donations have arrived to support the project.

The annual program provides 1,000 holiday food baskets for local families through the generosity of donations from the community.

The fund is off to a good start as $250 has arrived to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Edward Jones has sent a $50 retirement distribution request from Betsy Whitehurst, the now retired and former longtime executive director of United Way of Corinth and Alcorn County. Whitehurst spent a career helping others and she continues to do so upon retirement.

Gene A. McCarter and Helen A. McCarter gave $200 in memory of Gene Autry Curtis and Louise P. McCarter.

“We really appreciate what the basket fund does for the community,” said Gene McCarter, who has been involved with community civic endeavors his entire life. “It’s a really good thing.”

Applications are available each day in the newspaper and they can also be picked up at the newspaper office. They must be returned to the office during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Dec.1.

Baskets will be given away at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 and those approved for one of the 1,000 baskets will be notified by phone.

A fundraising goal of $22,500 has been set to fund this year’s program. Donations are needed to help support the effort.

Basket Fund donations can be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” a special person, persons or groups. They can be family, friends or co-workers.

All donations and tributes will be recognized in the newspaper.

Donations can be brought by the newspaper office or mailed to: Daily Corinthian, Attn.: Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 1800, Corinth, MS 38835.

Be sure to include if the gift is in either in honor of someone living or in memory of a special person who has passed away. Please include the person’s name with the donation.


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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