HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Although millions will receive gifts and enjoy a festive dinner with the family, some are less fortunate and may not even be able to have a meal on Christmas Day. Hundreds of volunteers are changing that through the Feed the Needy program.
For the ninth year in a row, Valerie Hill packed plates full of food at the Lyman Community Center on Christmas morning. She and hundreds of volunteers are working to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas.
"There are so many people that are without food, and we don't realize the multitude. So many people eat by themselves on Christmas," said Hill.
Once those plates are packed, they're then boxed to be delivered. Volunteers take those plates to various communities to feed the needy. Some people even came right to Feed My Sheep in Gulfport.
"I do this because it's the Lord's will. He gives me the mind and the heart to care about others," said volunteer Christine Brice.
Brice woke up Sunday morning to help the homeless. She went over Feed My Sheep and laid a tablecloth on the hood of her car. She delivered meals as well as brand new socks in hopes of spreading the Christmas spirit.
"We have so much to be thankful for. I was letting them know that Jesus is the reason for the season," said Brice.
Other volunteers delivered to Saraland Manor Retired Apartments, hoping to take a bit of Christmas to those who may not be able to leave home.
"It's a wonderful feeling, because I tell the people when I get started that you're not going to only deliver a hot meal to someone, but you're going to deliver fellowship, because some of these people will not have anyone to talk to all day long," said retired police officer and volunteer Jimmy Johnson.
"It's really great that we have all these volunteers that are willing to take their time out on Christmas morning and make sure that someone else receives a blessing today," said Hill.
Officers from every single police department in Jackson County also volunteered. The volunteers are looking forward to participating again next Christmas.