Local man sees homelessness news story; makes donation

Not even twenty four hours ago, ShaQuenna and Jamie Arrington came on our newscast to talk about their efforts to end homelessness in South Mississippi.

"Just anything you can do, or please reach out," she said during the story.

After Shaquenna walked into the woods a few weeks ago to find anyone who needed help, she found 71-year-old Lynne Page hunched over and dying. Page was living in a snake and mosquito infested tent in the deep woods of the Pine Belt.

That's when the Arringtons decided to do something about it. The couple created Faith Blessing PATH to help folks who need a hand just 5 weeks ago, and they're already experiencing an enormous outpouring from the community.

Little did they know that one story would reach out and touch so many people. In fact they say as soon as that story cut off, they started receiving phone calls off the hook. Gary Cornwell, store manager at Marvin's Building Supply in Hattiesburg saw the story, and decided to give the Arrington family a call.

"When I saw the story, I just, it kinda touched me a little bit to see what the Arringtons were trying to do," Cornwell said.

So, he called the owners and they gave him permission to donate lumber materials for the PATH halfway house.

"It's just amazing what God is doing. It's amazing," Arrington said about Marvin Building Supply's donation.

The Arringtons met Gary on Friday for the first time.

"They're willing to donate and help us out on it. And it's just so great. We know that every good and perfect gift comes from above," Jamie Arrington said.

It's safe to say Gary Cornwell agrees.

"I was kinda hurt to know that people don't have a home," he said.

ShaQuenna is a psychologist working on her master's degree from William Carey University. She wants to provide a halfway house with mental counseling so our homeless citizens can become working members of society.