35th annual Kelly Family Thanksgiving Dinner in Bay St. Louis


For 35 years, the Kelly Family has been feeding families on the Gulf Coast for Thanksgiving.

A long-standing tradition that keeps on giving, the Kelly family is back providing Thanksgiving meals to those on the Coast who need it most. Brinson Smith said, “It became a thing for the whole community no matter what walk of life you come from. It’s just been a great thing to come and get a free Thanksgiving meal, eat with people if you live alone. It’s just time to get some fellowship and have some friendship around you.”

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This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers who say there’s no better way to show thanks than to help others. Volunteers Hannah Young and Raymie Tippetts said, “Giving them the love and the support that they need, what better way to show God how grateful we are for everything that he’s done for us than to get out here and serve our fellow man.”

To stay within the safety guidelines of COVID-19, dining was outside and for the first time there was curbside pickup. “It’s very, very nice, very nice. I’m thankful we have service like this.”

Learning that there was a curbside service, Jerrie Crout and her son got a free hot Thanksgiving meal, delivered right to their car. “My son and I are just out and about from another part of Mississippi and just to get away and we were looking for a place to eat Thanksgiving dinner and saw the sign so yay! We have a lot to be thankful for, so much to be thankful for, God woke me up this morning.”

She appreciates the free dinner and tells News 25: “Thankful for the hands that prepared it.”

In 2019, the City of Bay St. Louis honors Sally Kelly for her continued ttradition of the Kelly Family Thanksgiving Dinner. “Bay St. Louis last year dedicated December 3rd to my grandmother Sally Kelly since she’s kept this going for the last 30 years. She’s taken it over so they declared it Sally Kelly Day.”