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If your family is looking to give back this Thanksgiving, here are a few ways you can help:
Our Daily Bread – Pascagoula
Our Daily Bread aims to show those in need that Jackson County cares. The non-profit soup kitchen has been serving the hungry in Jackson County for 36 years and continues to offer the opportunity for anyone to come and volunteer.
“Our Daily Bread belongs to the people,” Director Mary Meldren said. “That’s why we’re here. People are just hungry – that’s all. We want to show them they are no judgements here and that they are loved.”
Meldren said Our Daily Bread typically sees an increase in the number of those needing meals around the holidays. Last year, 187 people were served on Thanksgiving.
Those who would like to volunteer on Thanksgiving (or beyond) can call 228-201-2303 for more information. Families are welcome to volunteer together.
The Lord is My Help – Ocean Springs
Each year, The Lord is My Help aims to provide local families in need with a full Thanksgiving meal. For a $20 donation, you can sponsor a meal for a local family of six, including a turkey and side items like green bean casserole and more.
Liz Sekul with the non-profit organization said the annual Turkey Drive fundraiser has continuously been successful in combating food insecurity and hunger around the holiday season.
“Families can come in let us know they need a meal – no questions asked,” Sekul said. “We serve about 150 local families each year.”
In addition, those who wish to volunteer the day of Thanksgiving can contact Barbara at 228-872-2331 for additional volunteer opportunities.
Help a Family
Through the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work, River Rock Yoga is accepting donations to support a family in need for Thanksgiving.
Food and clothes are being collected for a single mother and her 4-year-old son. The mother wears a size 7 shoe, size 7 pants and a medium top. She needs winter boots or shoes and winter clothes. Her son wears a size 10 shoe, and 5T pants and tops. He is in need of winter clothes. Donations of toy cars, trucks and construction toys also will be accepted.
Please bring donations to River Rock Yoga in Ocean Springs by Nov. 21.
Donate a Meal
Waitr, the on-demand restaurant platform, is starting a Thanksgiving food drive using its food-delivery app to help feed the needy in the communities they serve.
When anyone orders from Waitr, they’ll have the option to help feed a family in their own community with a donation. Called “Share Thanksgiving”, the food drive allows Waitr users to click on the designated “Donate a Meal” button after they order.
After ordering, they will then be prompted to select a dollar amount ranging from $2 to $10. Waitr and its participating restaurant partners will also match a portion of their customers’ donations.
Using all of these donations, Waitr will deliver free hot meals prepared by local restaurants to hungry families during Thanksgiving week.
Be a Santa to a Senior
Although extending beyond Thanksgiving day, families interested in giving back throughout the holiday season can look into being a Santa to a senior. Home Instead Senior Care invites the community to help provide gifts to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Now in its 13th year, the program serves more than 1,800 seniors in Jackson County and beyond.
Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display through Dec. 4. The trees are decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Holiday shoppers can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts.
The trees are at these CVS Pharmacy locations in Jackson County: 2109 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs and 3657 Market St., Pascagoula.
Details: BeaSantatoaSenior.com or 228-818-6110.