Local organizations hold candlelight vigil for National Homeless Persons Day
Back Bay Mission and Loaves and Fishes held a candlelight vigil this evening in honor of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day.
These two organizations, along with other providers throughout Biloxi, gathered to pray, light candles, plant a rose bush, read poems, and remember those who passed away because of homelessness.
Every year since 1990, the National Coalition for Homelessness has sponsored this day on December 21st, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.
Thirty-one years later, the mission of this day remains the same, to strengthen the resolve to work toward a world where no life is lived or lost in homelessness. Back Bay Mission Executive Director Rev. James Pennington said, “This is a celebration of their lives too because every life matters. And people who are homeless also have some pretty brilliant and amazing lives. And many of the people that are homeless also have ended up on the streets but maybe had– maybe they were professors, they were teachers, they were factory workers. So, we hear the stories of people who are homeless. So, part of this is to celebrate their lives to let them know that they’re not forgotten.”
Pennington says besides donating money, food, clothes, and time to organizations like Back Bay Mission, people can help by simply acknowledging the homeless and saying hello.