Charity says even people with jobs are having a tough time

An organization that helps the needy said in this tough economy, even people fortunate enough to have jobs are still facing financial woes. All around the country on Saturday, chapters of St. Vincent De Paul Friends of the Poor sponsored fundraiser's to help the less fortunate.

People walked from the Long Beach Harbor to the Gulfport City limits and back. They said the journey gave them time to think about how hard it would be to walk a mile in the shoes of a person struggling to make ends meet.

"I think it helps remind people that there are poor people in this world and it helps them be more aware of that fact,"said Ben Rorabaugh.

Bryan Mogler also participated said, "They see what they have and they offer it to other people that don't have it."

Money raised here at the Walk For the Poor will go to helping people whose incomes aren't enough to pay for rent, utilities, food, and medications. Organizers said because of a weak economy and layoffs, more and more people are needing help to get by.

Friends of the Poor President Darlene Barry said, "Unbelievably, the need has increased. What we're finding is the type of people that we help has increase and it's changed. We are now seeing a lot of families with two people working or someone working two jobs and they just can't make ends meet anymore. In the past, people perhaps that were working would not have come to us."

Friends of the Poor is a Catholic organization. Organizers say they're grateful for all the support they've received from the community.

"Everyone has come together,"said Barry. "Not just from our community. We've had some from Bay St. Louis that came. Some people from Gulfport. It builds community and it also builds the need for people to know that people are struggling. It's not easy anymore."

Organizers said since the organization is run entirely by volunteers, all the money raised will go to meeting the community's needs.

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