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Free Christmas Day Meal Brings Community Together

A free community Christmas Day meal will be held at Alcorn Central High School cafeteria. From left are, Josh Davis, Marea Wilson, Larry Betts and Brandon Quinn. (Photo by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

Organizers are excited about the annual community Christmas Day meal hosted by Living Free Ministries at Alcorn Central High School.

Marea Wilson, whose husband Tommy Wilson runs Living Free Ministries in Corinth, said the community meal is her favorite event of the year because it brings people together.

The meal will be on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Alcorn Central High School cafeteria.

Volunteers will also deliver full-course holiday meals to inmates at the local jail. The Christmas meal gives the inmates something to look forward to and lets them know people are thinking about them, Warden Josh Davis said.

Organizers emphasize that the community meal at ACHS is open to everyone, and entire families are encouraged to attend. Some people may not have family to be with on Christmas Day, and they are encouraged to come so they can celebrate with others on Christmas.

ACHS Principal Brandon Quinn said he and his staff wanted to open up the school to the community and help Living Free expand this special event. No one should be alone on Christmas, Marea Wilson said.

The ACHS cafeteria will be adorned with Christmas decorations, and the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be played continuously. Children will also be able to play in the school gym, and there will be a craft center and other games for families to enjoy. Free haircuts will also be given.

Some people may have the means to buy their own Christmas meal and have plenty of family around, but they are also encouraged to attend the community meal to celebrate with their fellow residents.

And the meal is certainly recommended for people who may be down on their luck this year and can’t afford to spend money on a big Christmas Day meal.

People are also welcome to volunteer and donate food for the event, and Marea said home-cooked dishes always make a great contribution. Food donations can be dropped off at Living Free Ministries, which is located behind Magnolia Funeral Home. People can also contact Marea at (662) 643-7298 or


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