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Christmas Comes Early For Elderly, Disabled Homeowners

Christmas came a little early for two dozen families in Harrison and Hancock Counties. More than 500 volunteers spent their day repairing, cleaning and sprucing up the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners.

The program is held every year, and is called Christmas in April. Volunteers from Westminster Presbyterian Church joined some Gulfport Seabees to work on the home of 80-year-old Tabitha Simmons.

Church members cleaned out the inside of the home. Outside, the Seabees used their construction skills to jack up the floor, which was not level.

"That's our mission...to provide construction support to Marines in the Navy and it's a good chance to come out and exercise our skills a little bit," Lt. j.g. Eric Simonton said.

"This is wonderful and I appreciate everything they're doing for me," Tabitha Simmons said. "I couldn't expect anything nicer."

Christmas in April started on the Gulf Coast in 1994. Since that time, volunteers have helped refurbish about 120 homes.

Churches, community organizations and service groups refer needy homeowners to Christmas in April. A committee then selects which homes will be included in the program.

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