Leadership Gulf Coast Lends Hands And Hangers To Help A Biloxi Soup Kitchen

With a few hands and a lot of hangers, the Leadership Gulf Coast became a big help in Biloxi Saturday morning.

"This is a little project but the little projects all add up, and they're going to contribute to making this one great coast," says Lori Beth Susman, Leadership Gulf Coast.

It's was a project born out of a problem the group saw at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen. A problem, 37 people taking part in the newest Leadership Gulf Coast class, put their heads together to solve.

"We realized one of the problem's they had was with the clothing in their storage room.  The clothing was kept in bags and it was hard for people to sort through them," says Susman.

So this group of leaders got to work.

"We decided we'd all donate money to purchase clothing racks and collect hangers. Everybody's doing what they can, and we're going to try to get this room in shape," says Susman.

The group also got a little help from private donors and business like Edgewater cleaners, who donated hangers.  To get the room in better shape, they also fixed the bottom of the doors to keep rain water from coming into the storage room.

"This project is a perfect example of how Leadership Gulf Coast not only brings out emerging leaders in business but also in the community," says Jerry Taranto, Leadership Gulf Coast Board.

"If we do a little something and we can encourage people to do a little something, then the whole will move forward with trying to do a little good, that's the message we're trying to bring," says Pat Wylie, Leadership Gulf Coast.

But, the class isn't finished just yet, it says it also plans to make a monetary donation to Loaves and Fishes.