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Hundreds of volunteers feed the needy in Harrison County

Thursday morning at the Lyman Community Center, about 1,000 volunteers showed up to serve and pack up more than 1,800 meals. (Photo source: WLOX) Thursday morning at the Lyman Community Center, about 1,000 volunteers showed up to serve and pack up more than 1,800 meals. (Photo source: WLOX)
Many of the volunteers were first timers, but some have been there every year since the program began. (Photo source: WLOX) Many of the volunteers were first timers, but some have been there every year since the program began. (Photo source: WLOX)
Many families came out together to spend this Thanksgiving in a special way. (Photo source: WLOX) Many families came out together to spend this Thanksgiving in a special way. (Photo source: WLOX)
After 26 years of practice, the operation ran like a well oiled machine. (Photo source: WLOX) After 26 years of practice, the operation ran like a well oiled machine. (Photo source: WLOX)
When it first began, feed the needy was run by the Harrison County Sheriffs Department. Now, every law enforcement agency in the county is involved. (Photo source: WLOX) When it first began, feed the needy was run by the Harrison County Sheriffs Department. Now, every law enforcement agency in the county is involved. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Thanksgiving is a time of tradition. And one of the strongest traditions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the feed the needy program in Harrison County. 

Thursday morning at the Lyman Community Center, about 1,000 volunteers showed up to serve and pack up more than 1,800 meals. After 26 years of practice, the operation ran like a well oiled machine. The entire process took about an hour to complete.

After that, hundreds of other volunteers placed the meals in their cars and drove off to deliver them to the neediest among us. Many of the volunteers were first timers, but some have been there every year since the program began. 

Many families came out together to spend this Thanksgiving in a special way. Along the way smiles broke out and tears were shed. But they were tears of joy. When it first began, feed the needy was run by the Harrison County Sheriffs Department. Now, every law enforcement agency in the county is involved. 

Doug Walker covered the event this morning, and you're not going to believe what he saw. Watch for the emotional story tonight on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.

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