HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Edwards Street Fellowship Center offers several services to the community but is best known for its food pantry. The center feeds the souls of some who might be walking through a dark season in life.
One woman can testify that those groceries give life. In turn, she made sure to get on the giving side of the spectrum.
"The food you gave was all I had at times to tie me over until the next meal. Keep doing what you're doing. You don't know whose life you're saving," Ann McCullen, Executive Director of Edwards Street Fellowship Center, read from a card.
"I got a phone call from a lady who said she wanted to donate to the food pantry," McCullen said.
She wasn't just any woman, but one who had been through the throes of life in the past. She's now making her way back up.
"She would be doing her grocery shopping at Walmart on a Friday," McCullen said. "I went and met her, and it was incredible to be able to meet her, hug her, hear her story."
The woman, who hasn't bought herself a car yet, rode the bus to meet McCullen and make a monetary donation. She hadn't forgotten the gift of giving from Edwards Street Fellowship Center.
"You see the love of God at work and see people's lives getting touched," McCullen said. "You hear them say thank you, and what a blessing it is to receive these gifts."
The cans of corn go a long way for those searching for their next meal.
"Some people never reach that point, but that is our prayer and our hope that people who access our services are going to a healthier place and they can turn around and do for others," McCullen said.
Their prayers were answered. The gesture brought joy to those at Edwards Street Fellowship Center, along with a sense of affirmation.
"To get to hear when someone has made it through the valley and they are walking back up that mountain, it's a joy bringer for all of us," McCullen said.
As they continued to fill bags at the food pantry, McCullen held the letter the woman sent back with her.
"May God continue to bless and keep you in his love and care. With love always," the letter read. "I guess you can say in a way, y'all saved my life."
It was a testament to the center's success.
The woman didn't stop at a monetary donation for groceries, but also gave a donation for pets. She doesn't have any of her own, but said she knows they mean a lot to families.