Campers help one another
Gary (left) of Gulfport helps fellow campers by
determining their equipment needs and distributing
donated items to them. Gary also represents
the community by serving on the Board of Directors.
Jeri (right) of Biloxi helps by patching their wounds,
finding safety for women who are alone and frightened,
and by counseling victims of abuse.
Frank assists at local soup kitchens
Lynda Favre, Director and Founder
SHEPHERD OF THE GULF SPONSORS
THANKSGIVING IN THE WOODS
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Please help to make the Thanksgiving Holiday special for the Homeless Campers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
10:30 am Arrival time for the Volunteers/Donors at Westside Park.
The park is located at: 4010 West Beach Blvd. Gulfport
11:00 am Thanksgiving Meal served to the Homeless
This event is exclusively for homeless campers living in the woods.
Campers can enjoy a meal that has been prepared by volunteers.
Meal Donations Needed: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner items in disposable containers.
Suggested items: turkey/chicken, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, casseroles, breads, desserts and drinks.
Set-Up Materials Needed: ice and ice chests, tables and chairs. Label these items with your name and pick them up when event is over.
Non-Food Donations Needed: Camping equipment and blankets.
Donations accepted during during the event or prior to the event.
Prior to the event drop items at Liberty Coffee House.
1270 28thStreet, Gulfport. Phone: 228.871.7000.
Liberty Coffee House is closed on Sundays and Mondays
Items needed by homeless campers:
SHELTER: tents, tarps, sleeping bags, stoves, showers, lanterns, etc.
SUPPLIES: bug repellent, flashlights, candles, charcoal, garbage bags, radios, rope, etc.
FOOD: canned goods, non-perishables, fast-food gift cards, etc.
TRANSPORTATION: bicycles, bus passes, back packs, etc.
LIQUIDS: water, Gatorade, Capri Sun V8, instant coffee, powdered milk, etc.
WEATHER: ponchos, sun-screen, rain coats & hats, blankets, rain buckets, etc.
HYGIENE: soap, tooth paste & brush, floss, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.
FIRST AID: band aids, Neosporin, foot care, poison ivy lotion, aspirin, etc.
EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUPPLY, SET UP AND DISTRIBUTION.
Donna Briggs: 228.547.8026
We provide emergency shelter
All the shelters were closed after Katrina. We respond to requests for tents and sleeping bags.
We know of no other organization trying to meet this most basic need.
We go to them
Transportation is a problem for the homeless. We carry equipment, supplies, and food into the woods where the “campers” live, while respecting their need for privacy.
We feed their pets
When available we carry pet food to the homeless camps. Many campers have pets for companionship (since they are largely shunned by society).
We host special events
Events include “Thanksgiving in the Woods”, “Campers’ Christmas”, and “Picnic in the Park”. We hand out food, clothing and other supplies, while volunteers provide music and fellowship.
We help in other ways
As the need arises, we attend funerals, provide courtroom support, fill out paperwork, help with transportation, help veterans obtain housing, and find safety for women and children.