By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Little Caesars and a community organizer joined forces to provide free pizza for the homeless on Wednesday.
Chad Jennings, manager of the restaurant, said Mack Turner of Tupelo got the project started.
“We thought this would be a good way to give back,” Jennings said. “Obviously, it’s been a cold winter. We can give these people a hot meal, and, hopefully, it will make a difference.”
He delivered 11 pizzas and free crazy bread to Respect for Life Barber Shop on Lawndale Drive. Turner then took pizzas to The Salvation Army.
“Also, we gave out about 60 cards for free pizza,” Turner said.
Turner is president and founder of United Brothers and Sisters, and he’s been working with churches, nonprofit groups and businesses to help the homeless for about two years.
Barber shops have given free haircuts to help the homeless get jobs. Churches have provided security deposits to get people into more stable housing.
“We want to get them out of Salvation Army so there’s room for somebody else,” Turner said.
About two years ago, Turner and his granddaughter saw a woman eating out of the garbage.
“My granddaughter, she was 9 or 10, she said, ‘Why is that lady eating out of the garbage?’” Turner said.
He took the woman to Burger King and learned that she and others were living under a bridge. Since then, he’s been focused on helping the homeless.
“I get called every day, 3 or 4 in the morning,” Turner said. “People need help. This is something that can happen to anybody.”
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