Gulfport alum Derick Hall hosts inaugural Turkey Giveaway

Gulfport High School alumni and now Auburn University football player Derick Hall is hosting his inaugural food giveaway.

It takes a village to feed nearly 300 Gulfport residents. From local officials, law enforcement, volunteers, business owners, nonprofits, and many, many more including the family of former Gulfport football player Derick Hall as they host the inaugural Derick Hall Turkey Giveaway.

As early as 1 p.m., residents started lining up in their cars to receive a free Thanksgiving turkey. At 4 p.m., a prayer kicked off the inaugural event and the line of more than 200 cars started rolling.

The turkey giveaway handed out 290 whole turkeys as well as canned vegetables and dessert cakes.

Derick’s mom, Stacy Crandle, knows how important it is to give to families in need. “We know how food insecurity affects families and just to be able to give 278 families a meal for Thanksgiving means the world to my family and we’re so grateful to be able to do it.”

Volunteers came together to make this happen including Harrison County board of supervisors, Dad’s Super Pawn, Gulfport police and fire departments, Extend a Hand, Help a Friend, Harrison County constable, and other local businesses and churches.  Representative Jeffrey Hulum III said, “We are all about partnership and bringing people together because we are not complete if one person is left out.”

A food drop is coming to Moss Point November 16th at 11 a.m. at Moss Point City Hall. A Harrison County food drop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd at 11 a.m. at Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport.

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