The Kiwanis Club of Crossett collected more canned goods than they have in years during this years’ annual food drive.

Mandy White and Tresssie Mills with Crossett Kiwanis said this year’s food drive was a huge success.

Each year the group places boxes at each of the schools and collect food and other non-perishable food items for several weeks to prepare for their holiday baskets.

White said they picked up the boxes on a Monday and will spend Tuesday and Wednesday preparing baskets to deliver on Thursday. This is done every year the week before Christmas.

They make 100 baskets and Brookshires donates a hen for each basket. The Crossett Rotary Club donates fruit baskets to go along with the packages that the Kiwanis prepares.

“We pack everything up and deliver it to 100 families each year,” White said.

This year, Mills said they picked up more food than they ever have from Crossett Elementary School.

“I almost think it’s 2,000 items,” Meeks said “We had two trailers full.”

LeAnn McIntyre’s third grade class collected 519 items.

“That was just one class out of the four grades that attend (CES),” White said.

White said she’s proud to be a part of such a giving community.

“No matter what we go though in Crossett, we always have so many willing to give back and help others and it’s really special,” White said.

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