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Free food distributed to families in Stone County

Hands On Mississippi turned New Beginning Ministries in Wiggins into a busy, food distribution center, Monday. (Photo source: WLOX) Hands On Mississippi turned New Beginning Ministries in Wiggins into a busy, food distribution center, Monday. (Photo source: WLOX)
More than a dozen volunteers stopped at each station, filling their boxes with frozen meat packages, dairy products, even sweet treats. (Photo source: WLOX) More than a dozen volunteers stopped at each station, filling their boxes with frozen meat packages, dairy products, even sweet treats. (Photo source: WLOX)
Deming Enterprises helped sponsor the food drop. The next one is scheduled for July in either Perry or Forrest County. (Photo source: WLOX) Deming Enterprises helped sponsor the food drop. The next one is scheduled for July in either Perry or Forrest County. (Photo source: WLOX)
WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -

Hands-On Mississippi is known for its food drops by handing out groceries to families in need along the three coastal counties. Monday, the organization stopped in Wiggins, and people waited in line hours before the distribution.

More than a dozen volunteers stopped at each station, filling their boxes with frozen meat packages, dairy products, even sweet treats.

"Beautiful isn't it?" a volunteer asked as she held up a huge chocolate cake.

Hands On Mississippi turned New Beginning Ministries in Wiggins into a busy, food distribution center.

"Oh, I think it's going to be a great help to all the people in the community. With all the people that are suffering today, this will help a lot," said Associate Pastor Pam Fairley.

The 5,000 pounds of food came from Mississippi grocery stores. Each box contained about a week's worth of food.

"They pull whatever is on their shelves they feel is in excess, or they just want to give. It's great! It's wonderful," said Hands On Mississippi Executive Director Holly Gibbs.

Gibbs' eleven-year-old son also pitched-in to support the first food drop in Stone County.

"Ever since my mom started having these, I just love doing it," said Richard Gibbs.

Outside, people lined-up early in the blistering heat, hoping to be among the 200 recipients.

"When my husband got a check Friday, we had to pay our landlord $400. I had to pay $120 to the light bill and water bill, and that left us nothing," said Wiggins Resident Frances Weldon. "It will help a good bit. Every little bit helps."

"Man, it's a blessing all by itself, because food is so outrageous right now in the grocery stores. It's just oh, I'm just grateful, because you don't get free stuff every day," said Stone County Resident Leonnis Wilson. "It's a little warm, but I'm still grateful. I'm not complaining."

The families felt blessed, and so did the volunteers.

"I like to give back to the community and help others in need," said April Johnson of Saucier.

"It's just been a fun experience, kind of good to know that you're helping somebody out," said her daughter, Lauren.

"It's good to do, good to give," said Belinda Carlisle of Perkinston.

"Children are home. Families are having to spend a lot more money on food, because they're having to feed their children breakfast, lunch and dinner. So it's really important that we help them over this short crisis they have over the summer," said Gibbs. "It's amazing every time. It never fails. I cry at every single one."

Deming Enterprises helped sponsor the food drop. The next one is scheduled for July in either Perry or Forrest County.

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