Family carries on 27 year tradition delivering Thanksgiving meals

Family carries on 27 year tradition delivering Thanksgiving meals

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - After all the packing was done at Feed the Needy Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of volunteers boxed up the fruits of their labor and hit the road to deliver hot meals.

Jay and Melinda McKnight, and their daughters Peyton and Regan, wouldn't have it any other way. The family says they receive more than they ever give.

"I guess it's kind of selfish," said Jay. "It's just a way for us to give back and start a day off on the right foot, and show our appreciation for all God has given us and everything that we have to be thankful for."

Jay says the Thanksgiving delivery mission has become a tradition.

"This is our fifth or sixth year that we as a family have gotten up and done this, and we just look forward to it now every year," added the father. "When you see people that are in need and who are also thankful and appreciative of what we've done, it just makes us feel good, Jay explained.

The kids also learn an important life lesson.

"I think I take lot of things for granted, because I'm so blessed and this opens my eyes that there are other people in other situations that have it a lot harder," said Regan. "So, it just opens my eyes a lot to the other situations in the world."

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