The temperature hit 90 degrees Monday afternoon in Covington, but hundreds of people lined up on the square to receive a gift box that helped them cool off.

Prairie Farms teamed up with Gateway Baptist Church to distribute 480 boxes of diary products. Each box contained two gallons of white milk, two pints of chocolate milk, two pints of strawberry milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese and French onion dip.

Members of First Baptist Church also took part in the event and handed out Oreo ice cream that had been donated by Unilever.

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“We put the word out about two weeks ago,” said Jeff Gautney, a Gateway pastor, as he handed out boxes in front of the church’s campus on the square. “We joined forces with First Baptist. Whoever comes by gets one.”

About 20 cars were lined up around the square at 2:30 p.m. and volunteers began handing out the boxes 15 minutes later.

Gautney said the products were distributed in part to help those financially affected by COVID-19.

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