Ministries Say "Thanksgiving" More Than One Day A Year

Whether it's donating to the local food pantry or serving up hot meals at a soup kitchen, for many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reach out to those in need. However, for several Christian ministries the act of giving is not a one day event, but long term commitment.

Dozens of turkeys were headed to the tables of families living in FEMA trailers, while elderly Biloxi residents could expect deliveries of hot Thanksgiving fixings from Amazing Grace Baptist Church.

"We just want everybody to be able to have a good Thanksgiving," said Patricia Reese of Amazing Grace.

The holiday feast came courtesy of Texas based Church In The Street Ministries and Highlands Fellowship Church out of Virginia. The Texans and the Virginians were both here on relief missions after Katrina. Both say they keep coming back out of a love for the people of South Mississippi.

Chuck Moore of Church In the Street Ministries said, "It's an opportunity to share Christ with them and let them know there is hope after Katrina. There is life after Katrina."

"We've gotten very attached to this community," said Melissa Turner of Highlands Fellowship. "We've met a lot of wonderful people and we feel like we're part of this family here in the Biloxi, Gulfport, and Waveland area and God just keeps sending us here."

Every Wednesday is Thanksgiving at Grace Fellowship Church in Gulfport. The pastor says for the past six weeks, the congregation has been serving meals to the community.

"To form relationships here in this city, in the community because of the different challenges and things and so we believe in being visible every day not just on Sunday morning," Rev. Felix Williams said.

Many of those on the receiving end of the generosity say it's like an answered prayer.

Clarence Ray was grateful. "It's nice. I appreciate that."

Grace Fellowship Church on Stewart Avenue in Gulfport serves meals every Wednesday from 11:30am until 1pm.