BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A Biloxi soup kitchen wanted those who are less fortunate to know they are not forgotten this Christmas. On Wednesday, Loaves and Fishes opened its doors to serve a traditional holiday dinner. Many of the homeless felt truly blessed.
About 130 people lined up at 11:30 a.m. and immediately received a warm greeting and a hot meal.
"Good dinner," said Doyal Mitchell, who is homeless.
Volunteers served up generous portions of turkey and all the tasty side dishes, carrying on a holiday tradition at Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi. For the first time, Christy LeBatard and her daughter, Gracie, spent their Christmas Eve handing out drinks to the homeless and hungry.
"It makes me feel a lot more grateful for what I do have. That was part of the reason for bringing her down here, so she can understand how important it is to be thankful for what we have," said Christy.
"First, I thought it was going to be a little scary, but I like it now. I think I want to do it again next year," said Gracie. "I'm grateful for my family and the things that I have."
Despite being down on their luck, those who sat down to eat counted the Christmas dinner as one of their blessings.
"I thank God I'm getting something to eat. What about tomorrow and the next day," asked Roger Nault. "I'm blessed. I thank God for it, because of my life. I get to see another day."
"I guess it means everything, because it's all we got. I mean, if it wasn't for this place, we wouldn't be eating this," said Mitchell.
They left with stomachs full and some with hearts filled with joy.
"I'm just happy to be alive," said Mitchell.
Loaves and Fishes will be closed on Christmas Day and will reopen on Friday.