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Local elementary students help homeless have early Christmas

Students help serve homeless at Feed my Sheep in Gulfport. (Image Source: WLOX News) Students help serve homeless at Feed my Sheep in Gulfport. (Image Source: WLOX News)
They served a hot meal, gave away clothes, toiletries, and canned goods. (Image Source: WLOX News) They served a hot meal, gave away clothes, toiletries, and canned goods. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The students were inspired by their teacher at Crossroads Elementary School. (Image Source: WLOX News) The students were inspired by their teacher at Crossroads Elementary School. (Image Source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

On Saturday, South Mississippi students stepped up to the plate and helped those in need just days before Christmas.

The idea to give back was sparked by two local college students who just wanted to do something special for the Gulf Coast homeless community.

“It was amazing. I was just so stunned how many people were actually coming out to help, and we have a community of homeless. We need more help, more and more help,” said Carrissa Corbett.

Initially, a Facebook event page was started. From there, donations and volunteers poured in.

“The event really took off, and that's why we ended up at Feed My Sheep and had such a good turnout,” said Lauren Poncet.

Verina Campos, a 6th grade teacher at Crossroads Elementary School, saw the Facebook page and wanted to get her students involved.

“We're a 'leader in me school' which teaches leadership values to students and part of that is community service. You know, when you help others, you help yourself,” said Campos.

Campos says they started by bringing in canned goods, and one by the one the boxes began filling up. Then she gave her students the option to actually come to the event and help serve.

“The ones that did come out are like ecstatic to be able to help to actually see their hard work go into the hands of people in need,” said Campos.

The young students not only helped serve food, they passed out clothes and simply lent a smile.

“I'm not used to doing this. It's my first year doing this, and it's kind of exciting to see them happy and stuff,” said Maya Whitehead.

Maya's sister echoed those thoughts.

“It's kind of a good feeling because I like to see the smile on their face and know I did the right thing,” said Mariah Whitehead.

The event was held at Feed at My Sheep in Gulfport.

“I've been able to help a lot of people and they don't have a lot of this stuff that we have here that a lot of people donated. They don't have a lot of the food that Feed my Sheep has helped us do this,” said James Collins.

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