Military men and women work hard to protect and serve our country, and on Tuesday Operation Homefront showed some appreciation to local military families for all that they do.
Staff and volunteers from the non-profit organization teamed up with sponsors to give away 300 holiday meals, cleaning supplies and other necessities at the Hampton Inn and Suites Savannah in Midtown. Kids even got the chance to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas!
“Around the holidays your budget is tight…This is an extra help for them during the holidays so they can actually maybe afford a toy for their kid if they can come get their holiday groceries,” said Charlotte Merriam, the Director of Programs at Operation Homefront.
Merriam says the idea was actually born in a grocery store in Utica, New York.
“In about 2009, we had one of our donors in line in the grocery store, and had a military family in front of them that couldn’t pay for their groceries. And it was around the holiday and he paid for their groceries so they could have holiday meal and that’s where it all started,” Merriam told News 3.
The Holiday Meals for Military Program started in 2009 and they’ve already served more than 10,000 this holiday season.
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