Preparations underway for 2nd annual Camping for Hope event - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Preparations underway for 2nd annual Camping for Hope event

James Bates, right, distributes camping supplies to a homeless man (Photo source: WLOX) James Bates, right, distributes camping supplies to a homeless man (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

James Bates finds ways to help the homeless throughout the year. He does this by providing supplies, food and transportation to those who need it.

Now, Bates is getting ready for an event that he hopes will get more of the community involved.

It's the second annual Camping for Hope. It involves a night of camping and distributing donated camping supplies to the homeless.

"Spend one night in the shoes of a homeless person. You know, if you think about people who don't have a meal, who don't have a place to stay,” said Bates. “They're doing what they can to survive. The winter months are coming, and I'm asking people to help us provide the means, the supplies that they need for the winter."

The camp out is next Friday night, and supplies can be donated throughout this week.

There are several donation centers including The Shed in Gulfport, Scuba Steve's and First Baptist Gulfport. To find out more about this event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/OperationHomelessHope/.

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