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Bay St. Louis family's tradition is serving others

This marks the 30th year the Kelly family has organized and hosted a large Thanksgiving feast, open to anyone wanting a holiday meal and some enjoyable fellowship. (Photo source: WLOX) This marks the 30th year the Kelly family has organized and hosted a large Thanksgiving feast, open to anyone wanting a holiday meal and some enjoyable fellowship. (Photo source: WLOX)
Now 82 years young, matriarch Sally Kelly oversees the large event. But she's got plenty of help from volunteers. (Photo source: WLOX) Now 82 years young, matriarch Sally Kelly oversees the large event. But she's got plenty of help from volunteers. (Photo source: WLOX)
Many of the younger family members have spent all their Thanksgiving holidays with this fine tradition of giving back and receiving a blessing in the process. (Photo source: WLOX) Many of the younger family members have spent all their Thanksgiving holidays with this fine tradition of giving back and receiving a blessing in the process. (Photo source: WLOX)
American Legion Hall Post 139 was filled with the smell of turkey and dressing and assorted desserts. (Photo source: WLOX) American Legion Hall Post 139 was filled with the smell of turkey and dressing and assorted desserts. (Photo source: WLOX)
The Kelly family will also deliver hundreds more meals to those in need in this community, including elderly and the homebound. (Photo source: WLOX) The Kelly family will also deliver hundreds more meals to those in need in this community, including elderly and the homebound. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

It is a family affair, a labor of love and a blessing to the Bay St. Louis community. This marks the 30th year the Kelly family has organized and hosted a large Thanksgiving feast, open to anyone wanting a holiday meal and some enjoyable fellowship. 

Now 82 years young, matriarch Sally Kelly oversees the large event. But she's got plenty of help from volunteers. Many are her children and grand children and assorted kin. Many of the younger family members have spent all their Thanksgiving holidays with this fine tradition of giving back and receiving a blessing in the process. 

So, once again American Legion Hall Post 139 is filled with the smell of turkey and dressing and assorted deserts. And those who come here to help, or to eat, have their hearts filled with the love and giving spirit that ideally is the purpose of Thanksgiving. 

Not only will the Kelly family serve hundreds at a sit down dinner, they will also deliver hundreds more meals to those in need in this community, including elderly and the homebound.

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