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Christmas comes early for multiple sclerosis patient

Volunteers with the Gulf Coast MS Society and Mississippi Power Company arrived early at Joyce Strait's Ocean Springs home to offer a helping hand Thursday. (Photo source: WLOX) Volunteers with the Gulf Coast MS Society and Mississippi Power Company arrived early at Joyce Strait's Ocean Springs home to offer a helping hand Thursday. (Photo source: WLOX)
One of the Mississippi Power Company volunteers is Pat Wylie, who also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. (Photo source: WLOX) One of the Mississippi Power Company volunteers is Pat Wylie, who also lives with Multiple Sclerosis. (Photo source: WLOX)
In addition to the home in Ocean Springs, volunteers also worked on a house in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX) In addition to the home in Ocean Springs, volunteers also worked on a house in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Thousands of Mississippians live with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that leaves many of them unable to walk. Thursday, an Ocean Springs woman was the recipient of help from volunteers with the Gulf Coast MS Society and Mississippi Power Company.

The volunteers arrived early with all the tools needed to spruce up the home belonging to Joyce Strait. Diagnosed with MS 18 years ago, she's confined to a wheelchair now and this help was probably on her Christmas wish list.

Pat Wylie with Mississippi Power is here today, even though he himself suffers from MS. That doesn't matter to him.

"This day of service with the MS society is just perfect. It's the kind of project that we love to get involved with so we can directly help an individual who is trying to get something done and needs a little help," Wylie said.

The work going on is a reflection of the dedication these volunteers display, according to Wylie.

"We're doing a little painting, taking care of some toilet bowl issues, some helping with the woodwork. Things that they just can't fit in their day having to deal with the problems of MS."

Even though the job is serious, there are lighter moments. For Pat Wylie, he's doing okay these days.

"I am one of the one of the fortunate ones who have gotten on treatment that basically the MS Society helped to generate," Wylie said

For the homeowner, Joyce, this act of kindness by these volunteers is something that truly warms her heart, especially during this holiday season. "I think it's wonderful what these volunteers are doing today. Coming here and painting three rooms of our house that need it badly," Strait said.

Quick progress is made and soon, this home, and Joyce will be ready to celebrate the holidays with a new look and a new appreciation for the kindness of strangers.

In addition to the home in Ocean Springs, volunteers also worked on a house in Gulfport.

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