GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Shepherd of the Gulf members went into homeless camps in Biloxi and Gulfport Monday afternoon to distribute gifts to those with the greatest needs. It's called Campers Christmas, and it was started by Shepherd of the Gulf Executive Director, Lynda Favre, years ago.
"We need to be more considerate of them. Of course, it's cold out there. They should know it better than we. That's when I said we just need to go around and make sure they've got what they need basically to survive, but then give them that little special gift," said Favre.
This year they served almost 80 campers in Biloxi and Gulfport. Last year, Favre had the campers come get their gifts from one location, but decided to go back to delivering the gifts this year.
"I think it's better because you actually get to see how they're living and struggling," said Favre.
The gift bags included things like socks, blankets, and snacks. Items that would be considered everyday necessities for most.
"They're asking for things that most people would not ask for at Christmas time. So that's why we like to throw in homemade cookies, homemade cake, homemade brownies, something made from the hands," said Favre.
The gifts weren't limited to humans. Favre didn't want to forget the fur babies.
"If we can feed the dog or the cat, we can keep the camper from feeding them their food," said Favre.
While the campers were extremely thankful for their gifts, they didn't love the idea of being on camera.
"There's lots of different reasons, usually it's a personal reason. I don't think I should be on camera because of personal reasons," said Favre.
Favre said the group still needs donations for the campers like tents and camping supplies. If you'd like to help, donations can be dropped off at 1456 Lumpkin Road in Gulfport.