Island View donates $50k to Feed My Sheep

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Tuesday was a very good day for the Feed My Sheep soup kitchen in Gulfport. Island View Casino Resort co-owner Rick Carter stopped by to make a $50,000 donation.

Carter told the board members that he admires the work Feed My Sheep does in the community.

The soup kitchen has come a long way since Katrina destroyed the old facility four years ago. On January 5, 2009, a brand new location opened on 19th Street.

Wayne Favre is the director of Feed My Sheep.

"On that day, I cried," Favre said. "I am a grown man, but I cried."

The chairman of the board remembers that day as well. Ted Reimann's late father was one of the founders of Feed My Sheep, 25 years ago.

"Pretty much every time I step in here, I feel his presence. He looks over us," Reimann said as he fought back tears.

Feed My Sheep is open five days a week for lunch. On a typical day, they feed hundreds of people. Reimann said that's pretty close to the number they fed before Katrina hit.

The building is an impressive one, but  the organization's commitment to feed the needy is even more impressive. Reimann said that will never change. He also added how proud he is of the many volunteers who help to staff the facility.

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