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11/30/02

Thousands of Clothing Items Given Away In Ocean Springs

An Ocean Springs soup kitchen usually warms people from the inside with good hot meals. On Saturday, however, the folks at "Lord Is My Help" had a different approach to coping with the colder weather. The soup kitchen teamed up with a church group to give out 1,500 pounds of clothing free of charge. The project transformed Lord Is My Help to look more like a small clothing store than a place where hundreds of people come for a free meal each week.

Manager Rannea May sees a lot of transients. "A lot of them come in here. They have shorts on. They don't have warm jackets or wind breakers and still living out in the woods or where ever."

Wherever there's a need for clothing missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints travel the Southeast giving out thousands of shoes, jackets, and shirts.

"We bring the clothes and the racks and the hangers and we just arrange with the locally sponsoring organization," said missionary Betty Gwilliam."They have to have a room and volunteers to help us hang up the clothes and get things ready and that's it. We open the doors and let the people come in."

People are coming in in large numbers.

"We just received a semi load less than a month ago and we're gonna have to order another semi load," said Gwilliam..

The missionaries say most of the clothing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints collects goes oversees but the need here in the United States is growing.

by Danielle Thomas

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