A few steps to get into the holiday spirit are to play Christmas music, shop early, wish other people Merry Christmas with a smile, do something nice for someone, volunteer time, decorate, collect food or personal items to donate and watch Christmas movies.

A group of local citizens needs no help with their Christmas spirit, but one would wonder if they had taken a look at the steps a few months ago.

On Saturday, December 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex these community members will be coming together to host the fourth annual Ada Area Christmas Feast. The free Christmas Feast is open to the public and is a come and go event that invites Ada residents to come together in the spirit of the Christmas season. It also provides an opportunity to reach out to those who may be less fortunate or those anticipating spending the holiday season away from family or friends.

The organizing committee covers most of the items on the list, they even began their shopping months ago in order to coordinate such a large event. There will be plenty of Christmas music presented by local talent. The decorations will help to put everyone in a festive mood. The food collected will be once again provided by Charlotte Collins and her staff at Premier Catering who make sure that everyone receives an excellent meal. While there may be no screening of "It’s a Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street," Santa Claus will be on hand to take pictures with children.

Organizers of the event represent a wide cross-section of the community. Committee members from local banks, United Way, local churches, Call-A-Ride Public Transit, area high school students, boy scout troops and The Chickasaw Nation all take part in making the event possible. The committee is chaired by Jay Keel. Keel believes the event and the spirit of giving is a reflection of the community.

“I think the many hours contributed toward planning and preparing for the Feast and the way in which the people of Ada come together to celebrate this season really represent how much Christmas spirit this community has.”

Call-A-Ride will be providing free transportation within the city limits to the Agri-Plex. Transportation arrangements should be made prior to noon December 14 by calling 580-332-7056 or toll-free at 800-332-7950. For any additional information, needed please call 580-272-5508.

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