Local organization extends a hand to Team Memorial

Local organization ‘Extend a Hand, Help a Friend’ is lending their hands today by donating meals to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.

Frontline workers at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport are currently fighting an uphill battle with the COVID-19 virus. The local organization ‘Extend a Hand, Help a Friend’ came to lend a helping hand to provide an abundance of meals for these heroes. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “It’s needed to remind not ourselves but let the folks know who are on the frontline, saving peoples’ lives every day that they make a difference. That we care for them and we’re concerned for their well-being.”

Harrison County District 4 Supervisor Kent Jones said, “I think it’s great for the community. You have these medical workers who work 24/7. They’re at high risk, and whenever you can think about them and do something for them it’s always a great thing.”

The team got together with Ms. Audrey’s Southern Kitchen and Catering to feed about 400 frontline workers lunch and dinner. The feasts provided include fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more southern comfort food. “It’s one thing to talk about Mississippians as the most generous per capita, but when you see this outpouring and this response, it really does underscore everything we’re trying to do.”

With COVID-19 still on the rise and not looking to drop any time soon, these healthcare service workers are using these food drives and other community services to give them motivation to continue their fight against the virus. Memorial Hospital ICU Manager Whitney Sutton said, “Most of the time they don’t get to stop and go downstairs and get something to eat or have time to cook at home like they usually would before they come on shift to take care of the patients. So, the fact that they have that right in their hands while they deliver it makes all the world of difference.”

Other restaurants such as El Agave, Rock n Roll Sushi, and Chick-Fil-A have also donated meals in the past to help lift the spirits of the medical workers during their fight against COVID-19.