Over 300 attend Living Free Christmas

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The true spirit of Christmas was apparent with the first annual Crossroads Community Christmas being an overwhelming success.

Tommy and Marea Wilson’s idea to open the Living Free building helped fed over 300 people on Christmas Day.

Tommy Wilson, founder of Living Free Ministries, said he was overwhelmed by how well the day went and how many people were touched by the Christmas Day event.

“We are already looking forward to next Christmas to do this again,” said Tommy Wilson. “I had no idea how many people would come this year, but Corinth desperately needed something like this on Christmas Day.”

Tommy said it was great for he and Marea to have their children, Preston and Olivia, work with them during the event.

“I told our kids that when you are giving, you will be the one getting blessed with a good feeling,” he commented. “I do not know when I have had a better feeling.”

The people began coming at 10 a.m. for the scheduled 11 a.m. lunch, which showed the need for feeding people on Christmas Day.

Many people who attended just spent the afternoon and visited with others there.

There were heartwarming stories shared with the Wilsons throughout the day. They said one lady came because her roof had leaked on her stove and she could not cook.

A man said he and his son did not have anywhere else to go on Christmas Day and one family all had the flu with no one to cook — so they were given carry-out plates.

“I had tears in my eyes all day because it was my best Christmas ever,” said Marea Wilson. “It was worth all the effort to see how many people had somewhere to go on Christmas Day.”

While Living Free Ministries feeds hundreds of people on a weekly basis, the Wilsons remarked that many of the people served on Tuesday had never been to Living Free.

“There were people here who have and there were people here who have not,” said Tommy. “They came from all walks of life and that made us feel really good.”

Magnolia Funeral Home donated a buffet table to Living Free that proved to be a big help in having a place to serve the people.

“God had His hand on this event because everything worked out great,” said Tommy. “We had a lot of volunteers to help us and people brought food we were not expecting, but was really needed to feed the people.”

Living Free also donated items out of their “Rock Room” to help families with blankets and other items.

While the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” played in the background during the event, two angels named Tommy and Marea earned their wings by the end of the day.


Published December 26, 2012 by Jeff York for the Daily Corinthian

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