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This is the time of year when the elderly can feel lonely and hungry. On Thursday, about 150 senior citizens in Biloxi enjoyed an afternoon surrounded by long-time friends and good food. A Biloxi church and a sorority organization teamed-up to serve them an early Thanksgiving feast.
The pre-Thanksgiving luncheon tradition caters to senior citizens. Many seniors look forward to the annual gathering at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Main Street.
"I love to come and eat. I hope they have it every Thanksgiving," said Gloria Thomas of Biloxi.
Another familiar face was Doris Busch. She is 107-years-old and has shown up at the event for the past six years.
"I enjoy the atmosphere and it's very interesting and I like the people," said Doris Busch. "The food is very good, so we come here every year."
Since Hurricane Katrina, the church has been working with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to prepare and serve the turkey feast.
"I made about 50 pounds of dressing, three turkeys, two hams," said Gloria Dilworth, who is a member of the church and the sorority.
The ladies spent two days making the corn bread dressing, sweet potatoes, and all kinds of cakes. They wanted to show the seniors they are not forgotten.
"It's a good time to fellowship with the senior citizens who still live here in ward two. There's not a lot to do in ward two Biloxi, and this is one of the times when they can get out during the holidays," said Zeleder Barnes, president of the sorority.
And the large turnout showed just how much the seniors appreciated the generous servings of food and friendship.
"I'm enjoying every bit of it, especially the food, good Thanksgiving dinner," said Thomas.
The luncheon started at 11:45 a.m. and ended when everyone was fed. The sorority members also delivered 22 meals to the elderly who were sick or homebound.
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