Harrison County

Offenders on house arrest donate food for Thanksgiving meal

Dozens of hams and turkeys have been donated to Feed My Sheep by offenders on house arrest for a Thanksgiving meal at Feed My Sheep in Gulfport on Thursday.
Dozens of hams and turkeys have been donated to Feed My Sheep by offenders on house arrest for a Thanksgiving meal at Feed My Sheep in Gulfport on Thursday. Mississippi Department of Corrections

Offenders on house arrest have donated 100 hams and turkeys and more for a soup kitchen’s Thanksgiving meal for the homeless and other needy residents.

The offenders, supervised by the state Department of Corrections’ Gulfport Field Office, have been collecting the meats and other items for several weeks, Probation and Parole Agent Troy A. Carpenter said.

They also collected more than 2,000 non-perishable food items to help prepare Thursday’s meal at Feed My Sheep, 2615 19th Street.

We want people to see that convicted felons did something good. Too many times we don’t see what they did right.

Probation and Parole Agent Troy A. Carpenter of the Mississippi Department of Corrections

Some of the offenders helped clean the grounds over the weekend and some have volunteered to help serve on Thanksgiving Day.

“We are not offering them anything in exchange for doing this,” Carpenter said. “We want people to see that convicted felons did something good. Too many times we don’t see what they did right. We know they did wrong.”

This is the second year the Harrison County–Gulfport offenders have donated to Feed My Sheep.

Donations this year exceed those from last year, Carpenter said.

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