Christmas comes early for South Mississippi's homeless - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Christmas comes early for South Mississippi's homeless

Posted: Updated:
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Christmas for Campers was held in Biloxi and Gulfport Saturday. Shepherd of the Gulf and organizer, Lynda Favre collected Christmas gifts and passed them out to dozens of "campers" in South Mississippi.

Favre is a popular name amongst the homeless community on the Gulf Coast, but she says her love for campers, as she affectionately calls them, is just natural.

"They know I care and they know that they can trust me to help them," said Favre.

"They have no fear of me and I have no fear of them. It's just a trust thing and they know if they have a need they can contact me and I'll try to help them with it."

Some of the campers even received new bicycles and bus passes. 56 campers pre-registered for gifts, but they were able to help all of those who showed up due to excess supplies collected from the community.

"It's a great help especially when you can't afford to get the stuff. Organizations like this are a tremendous help especially at this time," said camper Kendall Davis.

Michael Odell came to the event with a friend, and wasn't expecting to get anything. Odell says they walked 15 miles from North Gulfport, because his friend was so excited.

"He's been looking so forward to getting here and I escorted him here and we walked and walked and even though I didn't sign up for nothing, I have been given things. It's just a real nice blessing here," said Odell.

Lynda Favre and Shepard of the Gulf also organize Thanksgiving in the Woods, where they prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:28 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:28:36 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
  • Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:27:22 GMT
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
  • Pearl High School student takes dream date to prom

    Pearl High School student takes dream date to prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:26:01 GMT
    18-year-old Jacob Daniels can barely wipe the smile off his face, in anticipation of his Senior Prom Friday night. His mother Lori helps him try on his tuxedo as he talks about the dream girl he'll beMore >>
    Eighteen-year-old Jacob Daniels can barely wipe the smile off his face, in anticipation of his Senior Prom Friday night. His mother Lori helps him try on his tuxedo as he talks about the dream girl he'll be arm in arm with.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.