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Spirit of giving
Jacob Wrisner, front, and Abe Perkins lifted the Share food box distribution to new heights on Thursday dressed as reindeer.
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High school students Izzy Simpson, left, and Anslee Miller bring food boxes to the back of a tractor trailer for unloading during Thursday’s Share a Christmas Dinner food distribution at the Civic Center. Organizers say 300 food boxes were given to those in need.

After more than 35 years of distributing Share A Christmas Dinner food boxes, organizers may have found the best delivery method yet – reindeer.

Jacob Wrisner and Abe Perkins donned the reindeer costumes Thursday morning as 300 food boxes were given to those in need of a full-course Christmas feast.

“It’s touching to know people who might not normally have a nice meal will have something for Christmas,” said Wrisner, an Interact Club member.

The reindeer suits were left over from a performance of “The Day Before Christmas” held earlier this month at Park Theater. Wrisner said he mentioned wearing the suits and was given a big thumbs up from Kennette Dixon, one of the organizers.

The food boxes are packed with enough items for Christmas Day and beyond. Items include meat, eggs, bread, vegetables, and dessert.

“We packed 300 boxes in about two and a half hours on Sunday,” said organizer Matt Hash. “We’ve done this for so many years, we have it down to a science.”

High school and middle school Interact Club members stayed busy unloading food boxes from the back of a tractor trailer and placing them in trunks and pickup beds as recipients pulled into the front parking lot of McMinnville Civic Center. Students gave shouts of “Merry Christmas” as visitors drove off.

Volunteers braved a steady drizzle for much of Thursday morning but avoided the frigid temperatures of recent years.