HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Every holiday season, people often get wrapped up in the rush of shopping, eating and parties, It's easy to forget those who have less.
But this morning, more than 2,000 people in need received food and fellowship thanks to nearly 800 volunteers in Harrison County.
"It's our community," volunteer Wayne Tucker said. "We love our community and want to make sure we give back."
Many families luckily don't have to think twice about their holiday meals. But, there are many who go without. That's why, for the 25th year, Harrison County's law enforcement community hosted an event that ensures people who may be down on their luck can look forward to a hot Christmas meal. Volunteers say it's not only the idea of helping those that may not be able to celebrate Christmas because of hard times, but the fellowship that comes along with the process of preparing the thousands of meals that will be delivered to their homebound neighbors.
"Just the atmosphere, the camaraderie and the joy and the excitement of it," Devon Lyons said.
Her husband Mark noted, "It's fun. And also, you're doing the right thing."
This isn't the first time Mark and Devon Lyons have volunteered with their friend Robin Killeen to help bring a smile to others. They say one word comes to mind when they choose to come help every year - purpose.
"It's just giving to others and making them feel merry and bright!" Killeen said.
Whether volunteers came to help pack up the dinners or went door to door to hand-deliver food plates themselves, they know that it's all about giving back.
"There are people out in this world that's worse off than me and I just wanted to help somebody and give back to somebody," Mary Noble said.