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Soldiers help with Thanksgiving dinner

Soldiers help with Thanksgiving dinner

Source: Spc. Cassandra Villezcas, 32nd AAMDC Public Affairs

Fort Bliss soldiers help with Thanksgiving

Fort Bliss Monitor, 26 November 2008


Soldiers help with Thanksgiving dinner


Spc. Cassandra Villezcas,  32nd AAMDC Public Affairs 


Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, volunteered to help set up Thanksgiving dinner for children of the Child Crisis Center of El Paso Nov. 18.


The Soldiers helped in the kitchen, stirring gravy for the turkey, cutting pieces of pie, setting up chairs and tables and making sure the service lines were full at all times.


The Soldiers had different reasons for volunteering and contributing to the community.


“I volunteered because I enjoy doing things for children who are less fortunate. If I can make a difference in someone’s life then it’s worthwhile,” said Spc. Danny Woodruff, schools specialist, HHB, 32nd AAMDC.


“It’s really nice helping out the kids it brought a smile to their face as well as mine,” said Spc. Gregory McCaleb, assistant operations specialist, HHB, 32nd AAMDC.


The Soldiers were able to play with the children, listen to music, and enjoy the food.


“Soldiers need to get more involved in these programs. These children see our uniform and, believe it or not, it lights up their eyes and all the people that have hurt them go away for a minute because they know they can trust the uniform,” said Spc. Kathryn Becker, human resources specialist, HHB, 32nd AAMDC. 


After the Soldiers were done helping with the Thanksgiving dinner Al Velarde, executive director for the Child Crisis Center, thanked the Soldiers for their hard work and dedication to our nation.


Becker said the Soldiers are not the heroes; the strong-willed, beautiful children are the heroes. The children affect lives and allow people to see that what many consider to be problems are not, but rather everyone needs to be thankful for all they have.

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