Thursday, November 24, 2005

VFW serves Thanksgiving dinner

Staff Writer

Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697, along with Ladies Auxiliary, will celebrate Thanksgiving Day by feeding hungry and less fortunate families of Marshall and Benton counties.

The entire community is invited to attend the dinner, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Turkey and dressing, ham and all the trimmings will be served at no charge to the community, according to John Boyuka, a VFW member. The dinner is a sit and eat dinner and no carry-outs or to-go bags will be available.

Donations of cash and non-perishable food items are welcomed but not required, Boyuka said.

All leftovers and donated non-perishable foods will be given to the New Hope Village homeless shelter in Holly Springs. The Marshall County food pantry is operated out of the shelter and distributes food to families with needs.

Any left over cash donations, after expenses have been deducted for purchase of the ingredients, go to the homeless shelter fund, Boyuka said.

Some local groceries are generously providing ingredients for the dinner at discount rates as usual.

Elected officials and community business people are also encouraged to come eat and help serve, said Bill Jannsen with the VFW.

The entire VFW and Ladies Auxiliary family have been invited also and many of them will help with serving, Janssen said.

Out-of-town veterans are expected to be present and veterans from all wars - World War II, Korean conflict, Vietnam conflict and the wars with Iraq are expected to be represented.

“My brother-in-law and nephew who have served in Iraq are going to be here,” said Janssen. “We are also trying to arrange a welcome home party for soldiers of the 98th Cavalry and 155th Army Brigade now serving in Iraq.”

Janssen said some Mississippi National Guard troops deployed last year to Iraq will be coming home probably as early as January 2006.

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