Feeding neighbors can be a Xmas gift for everyone

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Feed the Needy served more meals than ever before on Thanksgiving Day.  About 2,600 people got a holiday plate filled with food last week, plus a few minutes of much needed fellowship.

Now, organizers turn their attention to Christmas, when they expect just as many neighbors to need a helping hand.

To feed another 2,600 people, Feed the Needy is looking for volunteers who can donate time on Christmas morning at the Lyman Community Center in Gulfport.  One group of volunteers can arrive at 8:00 to help box meals.  A second team of helpers will be required at 9:00 that morning to deliver the food.

Without everyone's help, organizers say the program won't work.  Jimmy Johnson is with Feed the Needy.  "It takes so many people to make this work and why we are so passionate about it is 2600 meals," Johnson said. "I didn't realize there were that many people that would not eat Thanksgiving so there are people that are not just living in the woods somewhere, they lost their jobs or those that just don't have enough for Christmas."

If you know somebody in need of a hot meal on Christmas and that person lives in Harrison County, call your local police department before December 19th to sign up.

If you can't volunteer on Christmas morning, Feed the Needy organizers hope you can make a donation.  They remind you financial assistance is also necessary to feed 2,600 less fortunate Harrison County neighbors.

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