Volunteers drive 700 miles to deliver supplies to South MS

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - One by one cars rolled through Milner Stadium in Gulfport Wednesday where a distribution line formed and volunteers loaded up boxes of food, cleaning supplies and personal products.

Feed the Children, a non profit based in Oklahoma City, drove more than 700 miles to deliver the items.

"Thank you, God bless, we sure appreciate that," one man told volunteers.

The supplies went to 800 families who the Gulfport School District knew could use the help. The generosity of others brought Helen Struebing to tears.

"I heard from the school nurse where two of my grandchildren went to school and she knew finances were tough for us and knew that my husband almost lost his life so she wanted to make sure the kids had something," Struebing said.

What touched her heart even more is knowing the same organization came to her family's rescue several years ago.

"Right after Katrina, my grandchild turned four and Feed the Children was there to give her a birthday party and paid for everything," Struebing said.

Pamela Baker with Gulf Coast Community Ministries said the non profit has made the trek to South Mississippi several times since 2005. Each time, she said, the act of kindness not only helps those struggling, but it also helps the community.

"It's an opportunity to strengthen our non profit bonds, strengthen our bonds with the community," Baker said.

In order to pull it off, volunteers from several organizations came together to donate their time.

"Their spirit has just been awesome, they smiled, they have greeted these people here today as if they were good friends," Baker said.

Anything not picked up Wednesday was distributed amongst five charities from Hancock County to Jackson County.

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