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Parole supervisors, parolees make food donation to Feed My Sheep in Gulfport

Organizers say donations are a blessing to those receiving, and those who serve. (Photo source: WLOX News) Organizers say donations are a blessing to those receiving, and those who serve. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Around the holidays, leaders say they feed up to 1,000 people a day. (Photo source: WLOX News) Around the holidays, leaders say they feed up to 1,000 people a day. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Not only do law enforcement officials protect and serve area communities, but they also try to find special ways to give back.

During the last two months, Gulfport parole officers and their parolees have worked together to collect for those who are less fortunate. Boxes of donations were dropped off at Feed My Sheep in Gulfport early Thursday morning, just in time for the holidays.

"We got dry food, we got baby food, we have turkey, ham. We have something for everybody so everybody can eat," Darryl Clark said.

The food pantry's director Wayne Elias says the donations keep the food pantry open, and bellies of the needy full.

"It just makes me feel great that God works through me to do this. It's a warm feeling," Elias said.

The group of people that worked hard to get the donations are those who may have fell into trouble and are now doing what they can to make a difference to others.

"There's so much need in the community and for them to have the desire to give back, to reach down and help someone else it's just refreshing and encouraging," Probation supervisor Clinton Simon said.

Elias says on average, they feed about 750 a day. However, big donations are a blessing during the holidays, because that number goes up to about 1,000.

"Oh, you just don't know. Volunteers like this is what keeps Feed My Sheep going. It's just a big blessing," Elias said.

A blessing not only to those in need, but also to those who love to help.

"Everybody should want to do this. For the people that are homeless, the veterans, anybody. This is a good thing to do. This is something that'll make you feel good to give back to the community," Clark said.

Feed My Sheep, and other food pantries across the coast are always needing your donations. If you'd like to help, just visit or call the location closest to you.

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