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Kelly family hosts 30th holiday feast in Bay St. Louis

Hundreds of people were served on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo source: WLOX News) Hundreds of people were served on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo source: WLOX News)
This Thanksgiving marked the 30th year for the dinner. (Photo source: WLOX News) This Thanksgiving marked the 30th year for the dinner. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

The Kelly family Thanksgiving event at the American Legion Hall served hundreds on Thanksgiving.

All were welcome to the sit down dinner, served restaurant style, and hundreds of more meals will be delivered to those shut-in and the elderly.

One hour before the doors opened Thursday morning, dozens of volunteers prepare hundreds of meals for delivery. First-time volunteer Beverly Fisher feels right at home among the Kelly family and the frenzy of putting together so many meals.

“My husband passed away six weeks ago. And I just felt, it's uplifting when you help others at a time like this. So, it's nice to be with other people,” said Fisher.

“She's getting my arthritic fingers here, trying to get this to work,” said Willard Deal, as he helped his friend prepare plates. “Dorothy Hope, my friend from church, she got me into doing this last year. And it's a great way to spend Thanksgiving Day,” he said.

In the middle of it all, family matriarch, Sally Kelly, reflected on the 30th year of her family's loving tradition.

“It's fun. It's a fun holiday,” said 82-year-old Kelly. “There's no line. Everybody comes and they'll sit down and have a dinner brought to them, you know. It's like a nice restaurant.”

Back in the kitchen, Wanda Bryant concentrated on not nicking a finger.

“I think it's awesome. God is good to let everybody come out and serve and come out and eat. It's a big family,” said Bryant.

Seven-year-old Aria, a great granddaughter of Sally Kelly, sang “Jesus Loves Me”, as a room full of guests dined on turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.

The community is grateful, for such a loving family, to welcome everyone to their Thanksgiving table.

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