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Share distribution set for Friday
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McMinnville Rotarians work Sunday afternoon to pack Share A Christmas Dinner boxes for distribution Friday morning at Three Star Mall. Pictured clockwise, from lower left, are Jay Bragg, Dannie Stout, Richard Manning, Bill Campbell, Buzz Spivey and project coordinator Matt Hash.

The decades-old tradition of Share A Christmas Dinner returns this Friday, distributing nearly eight tons of food to area residents needing nutritional support.

A three-pound canned ham, along with a dozen fresh eggs, canned vegetables and fruits, corn meal, cake mix and more, fill the 375 boxes set for pickup Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in front of Rose’s in Three Star Mall.

“Share A Christmas Dinner is a blessing that goes both ways — to those who receive and to those who give,” said Shane Brock, president of The Rotary Club of McMinnville, the humanitarian service sponsor of the annual food distribution.

Boxes will be handed out Friday morning based on invitations or certificates issued by the local office of the Tennessee Department of Human Services as well as church and civic groups, according to Rotary project coordinator Matt Hash.

For more than three decades of operation, Share A Christmas Dinner was organized by the Southern Standard newspaper with monetary support from thousands of individual donors throughout the community. More recently, McMinnville’s Noon Rotary Club accepted responsibility for coordinating and funding the project.

In two of its weekly luncheon meetings, Rotarians contributed some $3,400 for the 2019 distribution, noted Brock, senior vice president at Citizens Tri-County Bank. Members of the community are welcome to contribute to the 2020 food distribution by writing their checks to the McMinnville Rotary Community Fund, noting on the memo line that their tax-deductible gift is directed to Share A Christmas Dinner. The mailing address is P.O. Box 7001, McMinnville TN 37111.

“The motto of Rotary International is ‘Service above Self.’ Many people are motivated to serve and to give to help others in need, whether in our own community or in far-distant countries,” said Brock. “The great value of Rotary is that is offers a meeting place and efficient machinery for putting all that good will to work for the best results.”