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Interact members get in spirit of giving
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Interact students worked Friday to pack and distribute Share A Christmas Dinner boxes at Three Star Mall. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Warren County students from Interact cheerfully distributed Share A Christmas Dinner boxes in front of Rose’s at Three Star Mall on Friday.

Inside, the boxes contained items to make the holiday season a little extra appetizing for families in need, including a 3-pound canned ham, a dozen fresh eggs, canned vegetables and fruits, corn meal, cake mix and more.

“It’s important to help people out and show support to our community,” said Community Interact member Natalie Lovell, while writing Christmas cards to hand out to drivers.

The young people worked seamlessly as hundreds of grateful people drove through the line. Around 375 boxes were distributed by cheerful students saying “Merry Christmas” and “Have a blessed day” with giant grins.

“This morning was tough because I had to leave early to take my brothers to school, but helping other people is really fun,” explained WCHS Interact member Elijah Hernandez. “It has made my day to see people smile and even tear up when we’ve given them a box.”

 Added fellow Interact member Nuca Ramirez, “It’s been a great experience and I think everyone should experience something like this.”

For more than three decades of operation, Share A Christmas Dinner was organized by the Southern Standard newspaper with monetary support from individual donors throughout the community. 

More recently, McMinnville’s Noon Rotary Club accepted responsibility for coordinating and funding the project.

One of Interact Club’s sponsors, Monty Childers, said he was very impressed with his students.

“This is probably the most caring group of kids we have ever had and it is showing today,” said Childers. “So many people think that they do it just for the convention or for the praise, but that’s not true. They are compassionate and they truly care.”