BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis family has been making sure people are fed on this holiday for more than 30 years.
As the finishing touches were put on the big annual meal, the Kelly family in Bay St. Louis reflected on 32 years of making Thanksgiving lunch for people in the community.
Sally Kelly, the matriarch of the family, doesn't see it as a monumental effort. "We're just having fun. It's good they can save their turkey for Christmas and they can come here and eat and just have a good time," said Kelly.
The day's effort has just grown since its humble beginnings decades ago. It fills the dining hall at this American Legion post. It gets dozens of volunteers involved.
One of those volunteers is David Nickles. He's been serving at the lunch for five years now and sees the difference it makes.
"People have nowhere to go, nothing to do, and they have received love and food here and friendship and stuff you should be thankful for," said Nickles.
The Kelly family provides the meat while much of the rest is donated by merchants around town.
Emmit Galloway and his cousin were just passing by when they saw signs inviting the community to the lunch.
"It's a blessing. They're helping people out who need it. Some people don't even know where they're going to get their next meal from so that will help everybody out," said Galloway.
Seeing the community having a hot meal gave those who were making it happen a heart full of joy. "It's a blessing to me. it's better to give than receive," said Nickles.
Even more lunches were packed to-go for folks who couldn't make it out to the American Legion post.