BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - People across the Gulf Coast are stepping up to help federal workers not receiving pay during the government shutdown, and one group is helping with food.
Operation BBQ Relief and Feed my Sheep are teaming up with other charity organizations this Saturday, January 26 to help feed Coast Guard service members, TSA workers and federal law enforcement agents affected by the shutdown.
Operation BBQ Relief organizer James Bates just saw an opportunity to help people in his community.
“We know that these families have gone weeks, going on now months without pay, and I really know that hurts because a lot of us live paycheck to paycheck. We cook and feed when we can, so we felt like this was a great opportunity to do that,” Bates said.
They’re now collecting food and plan to serve 150 pre-selected families on Saturday at Gulfport First United Methodist Church.
The church’s pastor, Claire Dobbs, said her church couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help.
“When we heard that there were organizations willing to help with this effort, we jumped at the chance. We knew this is what we had to do. When people in our community hurt, we hurt, and we want to extend the grace of Christ,” she explained.
The organization is asking for non-perishable in-date food items and gift cards.
Here’s a list of locations to drop off items to donate.
- Gulf Coast Community Ministries located at 3914 15th St. Gulfport from 9-11:15 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday.
- First United Methodist Church Gulfport, Monday -Thursday 9-3pm.
- Bobby Tyson’s Tire located at 2701 Bienville Blvd in Ocean Springs
- Pete’s Electric at 2407 19th Street in Gulfport
- Jack’s Automotive at 10613 MS-603 in Bay St. Louis
- A&A Marine Hardware at 111 W Second Street in Pass Christian
Checks can be made out to CGTLE Foundation or First Baptist Gulfport with benevolence written in the memo line and dropped off at above locations by next Thursday, Jan. 31.