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Thanksgiving in the woods has huge turn out

More than 100 volunteers stepped up and spent their day bringing Thanksgiving dinner a little early to dozens who are less fortunate across the Coast. (Photo source: WLOX) More than 100 volunteers stepped up and spent their day bringing Thanksgiving dinner a little early to dozens who are less fortunate across the Coast. (Photo source: WLOX)
In addition to the Thanksgiving feast, the campers were provided with clothing, toiletries and other supplies. (Photo source: WLOX) In addition to the Thanksgiving feast, the campers were provided with clothing, toiletries and other supplies. (Photo source: WLOX)
There may not have been a dining room table in the woods, but there was plenty of food. (Photo source: WLOX) There may not have been a dining room table in the woods, but there was plenty of food. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, but more than 100 volunteers stepped up and spent their day bringing Thanksgiving dinner a little early to dozens who are less fortunate across the Coast.

After volunteers loaded their cars with food, they set off to their first Thanksgiving dinner location.

"I'm ecstatic. If you see me, I'm just like this is great," volunteer Mark Giuffria exclaimed.

There may not have been a dining room table in the woods, but there was plenty of food. Volunteers say they lend their time because it's good to disseminate faith, hope and charity.

"It's sort of like a legacy. It's what we do. Just to give back, give our support and come out to help aid and assist," Charles Pruitt, with Soria City Lodge #542, said.

Rosemary Despain says she has been helping out the less fortunate for two years, because she was once in the same place.

"When you have nothing, I mean as you can see, it's very important to me," Despain said. "They don't have no one, no family. Just to know someone lives like that, us as human beings, we shouldn't leave them out here."

The homeless may not have much, but they do have each other and volunteers that care.

"I love it. God bless them. I mean, there's nothing better than somebody helping out somebody else," said one man.

At each dinner location, the love and appreciation was obvious.

"It feels great. Especially now that I have a jacket. It'll keep me warmer," another man said.

In addition to the Thanksgiving feast, the campers were provided with clothing, toiletries and other supplies.

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