GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - For a Gulfport family participating in Feed the Needy for the first time, making boxes of food for those less fortunate "is what life is all about." Alina Goldin posted that on Facebook after her husband and two young children joined hundreds of others Christmas morning at the Lyman Community Center.
Feed the Needy is a chance for local law enforcement officers and South Mississippians to team up on Christmas and help the less fortunate. For more than a quarter century, Harrison County has thrown this early morning party. Volunteers gather at the Lyman Community Center. They spend about an hour filling plates with traditional holiday food. And then, they head out in their sleighs and deliver food and fellowship to people who need a helping hand.
Feed the Needy organizers expect to serve more than 2,000 meals on this Christmas Day. They're getting an assist from at least 300 volunteers, families who give up part of their holiday to make sure others have a Merry Christmas.
Gulfport Police started this annual tradition 27 years ago. It's grown into a countywide initiative.