Coast charity seeking a permanent home

Coast charity seeking a permanent home

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - For 13 years, Samaritan Ministry has been helping the less fortunate among us on the coast. The first three years, the ministry helped people with gas and rental vouchers. Since Hurricane Katrina, volunteers have been running a food pantry, helping as many as 750 people a week put basic food items on the table. But now, the charity needs your help.

Officials who run the pantry are looking for a permanent location. The pantry has operated out of three different locations in just the past two years. The latest location is Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ocean Springs.

That is just a temporary patch on the problem. Bonnie Furniss is looking for a company or business to offer them a large space where they can stay permanently.

People who receive the assistance from the pantry say it would be devastating if it were to close. Doug Walker is covering the story and will have more later today on WLOX News and on

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