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Fundraiser aims to provide a Thanksgiving meal for Columbians

Columbia's Crayton hopes for donations of food and money
Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 6:11 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Almeta Crayton wishes her Everyone Eats! program wasn't so popular.

"When (attendance) goes up, that means that we have a problem in this city," she said.

Crayton, the former First Ward councilwoman, holding a fundraiser with music and snacks on Saturday to collect money and food for the event.

Everyone Eats at a glance:

  • The program aims to give hungry Columbians a Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey and fixings.
  • The fundraiser will be from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Nephew's Night Life, 1213 Business Loop 70 E.. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
  • Last year, the event distributed 2,000 baskets, and 300 people showed up to eat on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Crayton said the program has expanded over its 12-year history.
  • "There's more to it than a turkey," Crayton said. She said this might be the only food that children eat over their Thanksgiving break.
  • She suggests bringing canned goods or anything that might go into a Thanksgiving basket.

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