Olympian Brittney Reese hosts holiday community dinner

Christmas came early for the citizens in Gulfport. Four-time Olympian and eight-time World Long Jump champion Brittney Reese decided to give back to her hometown.

Reese is currently the girls track and cross country coach at Gulfport High School, but she decided that she wanted to do even more for the community that she calls home.

She hosted a holiday community dinner for her hometown at Mount Bethel Baptist Church that was open to the public. Reese and her church family prepared enough food for around 200 people and they hoped to give it all out to the people of Gulfport.

Reese was joined by rising artist J. Lock, who is also from Mississippi. Reese said, “It means a lot, you know. I’ve always been the type to have a big heart and be one to give back and see people smile… not just my family, but outside of my family. This is a great opportunity for not just me, the church, Mount Bethel Baptist Church… just a way for us to give back and just be that blessing.”

Lock said, “When I was a kid, I always use to want to be somebody who would do this for me in my neighborhood for my brothers, my twin and everything, so it’s a blessing and I thank God for letting me be able to be that person.”

Reese and Lock will be teaming up again on Friday to bring Christmas cheer to five families in need. They’ll be donating food and gifts to the local families.

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