GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Seasonal music played as turkey, pies, and other Thanksgiving meals were passed out to the less fortunate at Handsboro Community Center on Saturday.
"They don't have anyone to go to for their Thanksgiving meal. They don't have a way to cook it, to prepare it, they can't be with loved ones. So what we're doing is being their family for Thanksgiving. We're offering them food to join our table and sit at our table with us," said Shepherd of the Gulf Founder, Lynda Favre.
Favre started the annual meal years ago to help a group of homeless people who were down on their luck living in the woods.
"In the beginning, Thanksgiving meals were delivered strictly to the woods to the camps directly. That's a transportation issues for the campers. It's hard for them to come out and make it to those areas," said Favre.
Favre started working with the Handsboro Community Center, giving the homeless a warm place to come eat.
Aside from a delicious Thanksgiving feast, another service which Shepherd of the Gulf brings to the homeless is a great selection of clothing, donated and given out by volunteers.
"Everyone pitched in. Whoever had anything that they did not need, they brought. We've been unloading truck loads of stuff that people have decided to donate of their own. I think it's wonderful, the more helping hands the better," said volunteer Makenzie Johnson.
Other non-perishable items were also given to the homeless as well.