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The time to give is all year long

At The Lord Is My Help in Ocean Springs, volunteers are busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast. (Photo source: WLOX) At The Lord Is My Help in Ocean Springs, volunteers are busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's the time of year when many of us heed the call to give back to the less fortunate among us.  That's very commendable and is much appreciated, but the needs don't stop when the holidays are over.

At The Lord Is My Help in Ocean Springs, volunteers are busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast.  The shelves are stocked full now, but that will change soon. 

Barbara Ruddiman is the director. 

“On Jan. 1, it's like we don't exist. Suddenly, all the giving stops. However, I still have all the people coming in that still need help,” Ruddiman said.

So why give now, and not later?  Joe Gautier at Loaves and Fishes in Biloxi has a theory. 

“We're reminded in our churches. We're reminded everywhere we go. I think it's just human nature. As things happen, people get to doing what they normally do, and they don't forget about us, but other things take their place,” Gautier said.

But Dale Dorcik doesn't fit that mold. Dorcik delivers to the needy every month on behalf of her church.  

“Well just don't think of them at Christmas. That's not the only time that we should be sharing and caring for people. It should be all year long,” said Dorcik.

Grocery chain Winn Dixie gives all year long with boxes of food. Darryl Belesky is the store manager.

“Our local food bank picks up twice a week. Also, we gave a bin in the front of the store where the customer can donate throughout the year, and it gets a lot of good response,” Belesky said.

While most of the talk during the holidays is dominated by the donations of goods, services, cash and food, there is something else that could be donated, and it may be just as valuable. That is the gift of time.

That's what Rebecca Adkins gives, and for a very special reason. 

“I have just been in the same situation. I was homeless for six months not too long ago, and I just know what's it's like to go without. And I like to help because I have been helped in the past,” Adkins said.

For those receiving the help, they have a simple message. One of them is Robert Washington. 

“Donate please. Because without this help, these people won't have anything and they are out there on the streets every day,” said Washington.

And those streets are less bumpy with your yearlong kindness.

Soup kitchen directors on the Coast say the gift of cash is the best way to donate. They can then buy food in bulk, and the dollars go a lot further that way.

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