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Thanksgiving in the woods a big success

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BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

More than 100 volunteers showed up Wednesday afternoon to take Thanksgiving dinner to the woods. It was an effort organized by an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the homeless on the coast.

Volunteers carried home cooked Thanksgiving dishes into the woods along with items to help keep the homeless warm during the cold.

Church groups, organizations and individuals say they just wanted to help.

"We're just here to spread the love of Jesus Christ to those less fortunate than us," said Jonathan Hatfield, Youth Pastor at Steep Hollow Baptist Church.

Amber Peterson of Gulf Coast School of Art echoed his words.

"By investing in people with our time and money and love, that's the best way to make a difference, especially with local homeless."

Pastor Charles Miskell with Greater Mont Rest Baptist Church said it was the right thing to do.

"We very strongly believe if people are in need we should be the church should be one of the first to come out and show them that we care."

That out-pouring of love from people who probably never saw a homeless camp before overwhelmed some of the recipients.

"It shows there's a lot of people out there who care," said Kendall Davis.

Kendall Davis describes himself as semi-homeless. He's lived in his van for the last year and a half. He says without the generosity of the volunteers, Thanksgiving dinner would have come from a can.

"Probably eating out of a ravioli can, that's about it," he said.

Others in the woods say they'd be in the same boat.

"I think it's a gracious gift from God," said James Martin.

"I can't put it in words. It's just amazing," remarked Russell Bangs.

Joseph Spivey agreed. "They didn't have to do what they did. They could have been somewhere else, but thank God they arrived to think about someone else."

Lynda Favre, the founder of Shepard of the Gulf, called Thanksgiving in the woods a huge success. and said it wouldn't have been possible without those who donated food and other items.

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