BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A restaurant owner from the Caribbean has created a Christmas tradition in Biloxi. For the third year, Raymond Brown and a team of volunteers, opened his Pass Road restaurant on December 25, serving free meals to veterans and anyone in need.
“When we were growing up, we always had coconut cake for Christmas,” said a smiling volunteer, as she helped arrange a plate of deserts.
The sweet smells of holiday treats filled the kitchen at Caribbean Seafood on Pass Road just outside Keesler Gate 7.
“These good people here, they're doing all the work. I'm just doing the cooking,” said Brown, as he prepared a pot of vegetables.
Raymond Brown and his volunteer team are thinking about others on this Christmas.
“It's very good. It's delicious,” said one young lady, as she enjoyed a plate of turkey.
The food is free on this Christmas Day. Veterans and others in need can enjoy hot turkey and ham and all the holiday trimmings.
“He was in a panic. So, I grabbed four of the turkeys, took them home and baked them. And made cornbread dressing for 250. So, it's awesome,” said Vancleave volunteer, Valrie Gateley.
Turkey carver, Jerry Gable, heeded the call for volunteers.
“I told my wife, we need to go do this. Instead of sitting around doing nothing. So, we came from Gautier over here this morning and just jumped right in,” said Gable.
Along with free food, volunteers also provided blankets and clothing for anyone in need. The owner said sharing such kindness is what makes Christmas so special.
“For those among us who really don't have it for Christmas, where we can give back as a part of the community. Instead of walk by them, we can give to them. And that's the best thing about Christmas,” said Raymond Brown.
The Biloxi Knights of Columbus are among the volunteers.
“We come over the help, cut the ham, serve the food. We also pick up donations that we give to the homeless, even homeless veterans down at the VA. So we do this every year,” said Albert Allegue, with the Biloxi Knights of Columbus.
“Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas everybody!” said an eight-year-old boy, after finishing off his holiday meal.