Feed my Sheep in Gulfport celebrated Thanksgiving a day early, feeding the needy and making them feel like family.
Merle Johnson has been volunteering at Feed my Sheep for close to six years now and her favorite day to serve is always the day of the Thanksgiving dinner. “There are a lot of people that won’t get a thanksgiving meal, that don’t have a family to go to for a Thanksgiving meal. So, coming here and getting the entire Thanksgiving dinner makes them feel good and makes them feel like they’re wanted.”
To Johnson, it’s not just about feeding the needy; it’s about making them feel welcomed. “It makes me feel good, just sitting here and talking to them and giving a good encouraging word, I enjoy it.”
The line was long. Feed my Sheep served around 750 meals and there was no limit. Some had second and third plates of turkey, sweet potato casserole, stuffing and more. Feed my Sheep Director Randy Brownlee said, “In our community, we have needy people and you know, we’re here to serve the needy people, the people that are hungry that need a meal and we’re very happy to do that. Our organization is very blessed to be able to do it.”
The Thanksgiving feast at Feed my Sheep may be a special day, but for those who volunteer it is all about making sure that the needy people leave with an empty plate and a full belly.
It may be the time of year to give thanks, but the time of giving is all year round. If you would like to make a donation to Feed my Sheep they are always willing to accept as they serve meals to the needy five days a week.