Gulfport joins forces with USO to help LA military families

Gulfport joins forces with USO to help LA military families

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Several weeks after the devastating flooding in the Pelican State, the City of Gulfport is working with the United Services Organizations to help military families in need.

More than 26 pallets were loaded into a truck to be taken to military families suffering after the recent flooding that happened near Baton Rouge.

"It came from a mass array of locations. The USO provided a plethora of baby supplies and things of that nature. Mississippi Power came forth and did several pallets of goods for us and cleaning supplies," said USO Director Felice Gillum.

As loads of donated pallets were loaded into a truck provided by John Fayard Truck Company at the Gulfport Fire Department, Mayor Billy Hewes watched in awe, proud that his city could be part of something so powerful.

"When the USO approached us again, it was one of those no-brainers, and this is military families reaching out to military families. This is really a military community, so we can't thank the USO enough for setting an example," said Hewes.

"To be able to do something for your brothers, your brother and sisters, your family next door to us, just being able to bring in your goods and being able to help someone out in a time of need is a really wonderful feeling," said Gulfport Fire Chief Hank Levins.

Dozens of local companies stepped in to help, including Island View Casino, which donated brand new hotel bedding to hopefully give those in Louisiana a good nights rest.

"We're at the Island View. We're going to get more from over there, Mississippi Power company, so it's a great community event for all of us to really pull together and help our friends next door," said Hewes.

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