It's a new partnership. Back Bay Mission and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church are teaming up to make the holidays a little better for some South Mississippians.
After Hurricane Katrina, the mission was left without storage. That's when the agency turned to Fatima for help. It's a new bond that has people counting their blessings.
"They do this to try and keep the families together and have a little exchange and gifts and a little laughter and a little food. And it's very important after Katrina because we realize that God and family is all that matters," says Kathleen Knot.
Knot was one of hundreds who signed up to receive Christmas donations. From groceries to new coats for the little ones, the mission has an array of gifts that many are thankful for during these trying times.
Danielle Lemos' family moved to the Coast after Katrina. Despite working in construction, Lemos says her husband still isn't bringing enough home to make ends meet.
"We moved here and we don't find a place that has all those things that we need to have. We try and work hard, but we has no money yet," says Lemos.
But with the help of the mission, Lemos and hundreds of other families will get the help they need. Back Bay Mission and Our Lady of Fatima distributed gifts to half of those on their list Wednesday.
Organizers say they will give out remaining donations to people who received letters Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.