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Earth Day Pier Walk will benefit Gulfport's Feed My Sheep

Johnnie Oliver, volunteer, serves a tray of hot rolls during a previous year's Thanksgiving meal at Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen. Among several free holiday meals in South Mississippi this week, this year's annual Thanksgiving lunch at Feed My Sheep will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 2615 19th St., Gulfport.
Johnnie Oliver, volunteer, serves a tray of hot rolls during a previous year's Thanksgiving meal at Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen. Among several free holiday meals in South Mississippi this week, this year's annual Thanksgiving lunch at Feed My Sheep will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 2615 19th St., Gulfport. SUN HERALD

GULFPORT -- Ken Combs Jr. has been organizing pier walks to benefit area food banks since 2012.

To commemorate Earth Day, he will be hosting a pier walk at Ken Combs Pier in Gulfport. The pier will benefit Gulfport's Feed My Sheep.

The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"Pier Walk was created to provide an opportunity to gather in memory of all loved ones who have passed," he said. "We honor their memory by helping others."

He said he and his family decided to hold the pier walk after they faced some loss.

"We do the walk on Earth Day," he said. "Last year, we had a Veterans Day walk on Veterans Day."

The Veterans Day walk, he said, benefits the Gulf Coast Public Safety Feed the Needy, a group that provides meals for those in need on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Combs said Feed My Sheep representatives will be on hand to accept donations.

"We are asking for large, industrial-sized cans of food," he said. "There will also be people there from Feed My Sheep to take cash donations if someone can't get a can of food."

Combs said the Rev. Bill Towles of Gulfport will open the walk with a prayer.

"A walk along the pier will follow the ceremony," he said. " The Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District will provide goodies for those in attendance and they are also partnering with a local nursery to distribute magnolia and holly seedlings."

He said Towles will bless the seedlings during his message.

Combs said a bonfire on the beach will follow the walk.

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