HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Imagine trying to stay warm and dry, living in the woods this winter. For many homeless people, that challenge is very real. But there are folks determined to help.
At a homeless campsite just north of the railroad tracks, Lynda Favre and Jerri Kitchings are looking for tents to recycle.
"See if I can't salvage them," said Favre, "Yeah, this one's been out here awhile, it's got some rust on it."
Favre heads a ministry called Shepard of the Gulf, which reaches out to the homeless along the coast. Tents are the biggest need right now. The ones they're recycling were left behind.
"If you get to a stage where you can move on, please just call me. And I'll come and get this stuff. And somebody can use it. Somebody else could be surviving, with the use of these tents. And they just walk off and leave it," said Favre.
Jerri Kitchings lives in the woods by choice. She helps serve others who are hurting.
"There's a need. And I'm out here helping Lynda with this need. And try to stress to people, hey, they're not bums. They're not drunks. They're just down on their luck," said Kitchings.
Lynda Favre gets calls every day from people needing tents.
"In the past few months, we've had horrible winds. Rained. It's just been downpouring horrible. And then the cold's coming in," said Favre.
But along with helping provide necessities, she's also organized a "camper's Christmas", and is asking for gift bags.
"We also want to give them a little something special. Homemade cookies. Homemade snacks. Stuff like that, that comes from the heart," said Favre.
"We just want to let them know that Jesus never forgot them. And we don't want to forget them. We won't forget 'em," she said.
If you'd like to help, you can contact Shepard of the Gulf by calling (228) 229-8980.