Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats Needs Help from Community

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COLUMBIA - Organizers for Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats Thanksgiving feast announced the details of this year's event Monday.

The free meal event will take place on the holiday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Stephens College Campus at Stamper Commons.

Former Columbia City Councilwoman Almeta Crayton died last month after suffering heart and kidney problems. Her son Tyrone Crayton recently decided to continue the Thanksgiving meal program.

Scott Cristal is the media coordinator for the Everybody Eats program. He said the event needs lots of volunteers.

"We need a bunch of volunteers to help with cooking, transportation, set up and serving the food," Cristal said.

Volunteers will be needed on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cristal said volunteers should call 573-228-6340 and leave a message with availability.

"They can call that number and should leave a message saying when they can work and what they are able to help with," Cristal said. "Volunteers are getting back to the messages quickly."

Cristal said anyone wanting to make a donation to the event can mail a check to:

Columbia's Voluntary Action Center                                                                                              403 A Vandiver Dr.                                                                                                                Columbia, MO 65202 

Make sure to include "Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats" on the memo line of the check.

For questions about the event not regarding volunteering, you can call 573-825-5263.