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Feed My Sheep Holds First Big Community Dinner Since Katrina

The sounds, the sights and the smell of Christmas filled the halls of the First United Methodist Church in Gulfport. Thanks to Feed My Sheep, the hungry and homeless experienced the joy of Christmas a little early with home-cooked food and gifts.  Even though the soup kitchen lost its home in the storm, it never lost its mission.

"The need is out there, but you just don't realize how many people are out there are either homeless or having financial difficulties after Katrina," says Meredith Chase, Feed My Sheep Board Member.

Hope Kirtland is one of those people.  She's homeless, staying in an abandoned house in Gulfport.  Kirtland says she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community.

"It's wonderful.  I think it's wonderful that everybody's embracing everybody. They're not just embracing me.  They're embracing everybody.  They're coming together as a community, which they need to do."

More than 100 volunteers of all ages came out to help serve others.

"The outreach from the community and the support from the community has been wonderful.  Yesterday, we had volunteers working from 9 a.m. to 9p.m.  We carved a 100 turkeys and put together 20 casserole dishes," says Chase.

Those who ate said they enjoyed the tasty fruits of the volunteers' labor.

"This coconut cake that's how my momma use to make it.  This dressing is outstanding and my grandson here says he wants him a plate to go," says Jeanette Breland, Gulfport.

Those who came through will not only walk away with a full stomach, they'll also walk away with gift bags with items like hats, scarves, gloves and hygiene items.

Through the generosity of the community, 120 gifts appeared under the Christmas tree for some special children. From all the smiles, it looks as if this night was also a gift to those who need it most in South Mississippi.

Feed My Sheep plans to break ground on a new building in January at 19th street and 27th Avenue in Gulfport. They expect to move in by the end of the summer.

By: Krystal Allan

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