Holiday efforts at Soul Food Cafe and Mission culminate Monday with a Christmas meal, a winter clothing pantry, free food boxes and toy distribution.
Monday is the traditional day of operation for the weekly mission housed for almost a year at Second Baptist Church, 701 Polk St., just off of Harkrider Street in Conway.
The mission moved temporarily to the church following a fire that destroyed facilities, and funds are being raised for an independent building at South Donaghey Avenue.
Rick Harvey, co-director with his wife, Traci, said more than 50 turkeys donated by A and J Collision Repair are to be given away Monday in a free raffle.
Hundreds of food boxes, some of which have been stocked by a food drive hosted Friday by KATV Channel 7 News, also will be given out Monday.
Harvey said the group gives out 250 food boxes each week, and on Thanksgiving a record 400 were distributed.
"We expect a record number Monday," he said. "Crowds at Soul Food have been on a rise. More and more people come."
Food is provided by Soul Food Cafe and Mission, Arkansas Food Bank, Hunger Relief Alliance, local churches, businesses and individual donors.
The mission opens at 9 a.m., and a meal will be served between noon and 1 p.m.
Harvey said Santa will be at the mission around lunch time.
The busiest time at the mission will be around 1:15 p.m., he said, when food boxes will be distributed.
Winter clothing will be available throughout the day Monday.
Those who pre-registered for the mission’s Christmas toy program will pick up toys at the event.
Harvey said 105 families with multiple children registered this year.
The Ride in Conway provided 27 refurbished bikes for children, he said.