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Long Beach church hosts community-wide Christmas Eve feast

There was enough food at the event to feed 300 people. (Photo source: WLOX News) There was enough food at the event to feed 300 people. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Organizers say it was the sixth year for the event. (Photo source: WLOX News) Organizers say it was the sixth year for the event. (Photo source: WLOX News)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

A Christmas Eve tradition brought hundreds of people together Thursday for food, faith and fellowship.

For the sixth year, the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Long Beach prepared all the dishes and invited everyone in the community to come enjoy a holiday meal.

"I'm just so grateful that we're able to do this, we are truly blessed. We want to bless others and we want to serve the community," said organizer Amanda Wood.

Tables were full of turkey, ham, dressing and multiple desserts; enough to feed 300 people. For people like Pat and Will Cuevas of Saucier, the Christmas Eve feast has become a family tradition.

"This is absolutely wonderful that this church puts this on," said Pat Cuevas. "There's so many wonderful people here and the volunteers and the people from this church are just wonderful."

Many of the dinner guests were non-church members.

"People that don't have a place to go can come have a meal with them. It's great," said Jo Ann Jenkins of Agricola.

Aside from good food, new friends, renewed faith and fun activities for the children, the event was an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate the joys of the season.

"It just reminds everyone that there are good people out there, that we're here to help them, to love them through whatever they're going through," said Wood.

Church members also delivered trays of food to Long Beach police officers and firefighters, the staff at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and an assisted living facility.  

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