Chili cook-off raises money for Hattiesburg ministry

Chili cook-off raises money for Hattiesburg ministry

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg ministry which has repaired nearly 30 houses since Hurricane Katrina hosted a tasty fundraising event Saturday.

The Hope for Hattiesburg organization held an annual Chili Cook-Off at First Presbyterian Church.

It featured about 10 chili teams, each with their own special recipes to tantilize the taste buds.

Hope for Hattiesburg is a partnership between First Presbyterian Church and Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church.

They work together to rebuild storm-damaged homes in east Hattiesburg.

"Everything that we raised today will go into buying supplies and material," said Knox Baird, associate pastor for mercy and outreach at First Presbyterian Church. "All labor is volunteer."

"Once we've done all the restoration and renovating, we're looking at new builds, small houses on small lots for medium and low-income families," said Carlos Wilson, pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

Since 2008, Hope for Hattiesburg has repaired about 28 homes.