At the Crossroads Church launches Christmas Food Hampers donation boxes

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As COVID-19 progresses into the holiday season, there is an overwhelming urgency to support individuals, families and children throughout the community.

The Salvation Army has served Trenton and surrounding areas for over 100 years, but this year due to circumstances beyond their control, the Salvation Army is unable to operate their annual Christmas Food Hampers program.

Owner of Smylie’s Independent in Trenton John Smylie explained that the Christmas Food Hampers program is a great annual initiative that typically supports from 380-450 families in the community.

This has posed a challenge for families seeking support during the holiday season in the Trenton community and surrounding areas. Thankfully, At the Crossroads Church didn’t skip a beat in finding a solution.

At the Crossroads Church in downtown Trenton has stepped up this year and filled the gap in the community, undertaking the local Christmas Food Hampers operation.

“Normally, the Salvation Army would have their kettles,” explained At the Crossroads Chruch program coordinator Allen Robinson. “So, this is part of our fundraising to support the Christmas Food Hampers. All the money stays local and goes towards supporting families in the community during Christmas time.”

On Thursday, November 26th at Smylie’s Independent, At the Crossroads Church launched their fundraising operations and is inviting residents to support the Christmas Food Hampers campaign.

“COVID-19 makes what we’re doing much more difficult, from our perspective, in order to keep everybody safe,” explained Smylie. “The Trenton Salvation Army left a gap in the community this year, and the At the Crossroads Church has stepped forward to provide this great program for our community.”

John Smylie and Mayor Jim Harrison made the first official donations at Smylie’s Independent, and afterwards At the Crossroads Church then stopped by The Treasure Chest, a local consignment and thrift store in support of the Trenton Christan School Society, to collect a generous donation of $2575.11 for the Christmas Food Hampers.

Christmas Food Hampers provide families in need with the requirements to make a Christmas dinner for four and are distributed on the Sunday before Christmas. At the Crossroads Church is encouraging residents to consider donating one of the donation boxes located at Smylie’s Independent and Metro in Trenton.

Donation boxes will also be onsite at Freshco in Trenton all day on December 11th and 12th. Residents looking for more information on how to participate can visit or email

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer