By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
Tupelo residents gathered at Hancock Park on Ida Street to collect clothing for the United Brothers and Sisters to give to Tupelo’s homeless community.
The park was full of music and the smell of food on the grill as community members ate, sang and played basketball. The Tupelo Fire Department brought out a truck for kids as well.
Mac Turner, president of United Brothers and Sisters, said having community gatherings at the park has helped reduce violence in the area and build a sense of togetherness.
“Two years ago, I was afraid to come over here,” Turner said. “Now I can walk through the community and feel safe.”
Turner handed out awards to his son, Mac Turner Jr., and Jacqueline Meardith for the work they have done in the community with the United Brothers and Sisters organization.
Turner said he hopes to continue the gatherings every month.