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Homeless get free haircuts, flu shots, bags filled with supplies

Friday, a coast organization brought more than two dozen agencies together to offer the homeless free services and opportunities to improve their lives. Friday, a coast organization brought more than two dozen agencies together to offer the homeless free services and opportunities to improve their lives.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's estimated that about 1,900 homeless people are living in South Mississippi. Right now, they are bracing for the winter months ahead. On Friday, a coast organization brought more than two dozen agencies together to offer the homeless free services and opportunities to improve their lives.

The Donal Snyder Community Center in Biloxi became a one-stop-shop for the homeless.   About 350-people came to take advantage of free services, housing and employment resources, and supplies to survive in the woods.

"Winter's coming and I need clothes like jeans and long sleeve shirts, jackets and coats," said Charles Nye, who has been homeless for the past ten years.

Some people just needed a haircut. Many lined-up for flu shots, health screenings, and eye exams. Vaccinations and check-ups were also available for their pets.

"It's great to see so many people, but it's also unfortunate to see so many people. But yes, it gets bigger. We've had a great response from a lot more vendors this year," said Scott Williams, Open Doors Homeless Coalition Executive Director.

The organization hosted its third Project Homeless Connect to link agencies to the people who really need the help.  Brandy Fauth and her mom both lost their jobs and are now living in a shed.

"It gets really disappointing sometimes," said Brandy Fauth as tears filled her eyes. "I mean, I got it better than most people. We got a car. We got some where to live. A lot of people are living in the woods with nothing. We got a neighbor that helps us. It just gets so hard sometimes."

The compassion and generosity they found at the event gave them a much-needed boost.

"It feels like there's people that care when I come here. All this stuff a lot of people just donated, it's just amazing," said Fauth.

"I would say 75 percent of people who are homeless don't want to be homeless. They want to get away from that. So they just need that chance to step up one step and move on and be self sufficient," said Williams. "I hope it's encouragement and they get some good information from one place that just might change their life for them, give them an opportunity to not be homeless."

There are plans to expand the event next year by offering it in Jackson and Hancock Counties.  

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