Three Thousand Meals for Thanksgiving Day!

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 18th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1m1c5ern/
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Many of you may have already read my article Operation Happy Holidays, but the benevolence of Fort Carson soldiers towards the homeless of Colorado Springs did not there. Those warriors truly believe in helping the less fortunate of our community. Before “Operation Happy Holidays”, there was the great turkey cook-off for Thanksgiving. The men and women of Fort Carson didn’t want anyone to go without turkey dinner if they could help it.

Three Thousand Meals

Beginning at 12 a.m. on November 23rd, army volunteers from the Fort Carson Culinary Arts Academy begun the arduous task of thawing, cooking, and carving 300 turkeys. Three hundred turkeys, producing 2,500 pounds of juicy meat for 3,000 meals. Everyone took part in this great turkey cook off, even Brigadier General Michael for the 24th year the Fort Carson Culinary Academy prepared the turkeys and other foods provided by the Salvation Army. The volunteers also prepared 700 pounds of green beans, 150 pounds of mashed potatoes and 150 pounds of dressing. Sergeant First Class Mark Vickery of the Culinary Academy told reporters from KRDO TV, “It's very rewarding when you are helping out the community. It will be nice when it's finally done because we will be working all night Wednesday to get everything finished up."

Volunteer Cooks

There were 25 volunteer cooks, divided into four groups, who spent a 72 hour marathon preparing the turkeys and all the side dishes. The carved turkeys and all the side dishes was then picked up by Salvation Army volunteers and delivered to eight Salvation centers throughout Colorado Springs. Alma Scott, the volunteer coordinator for The Salvation Army, El Paso County Command of the Salvation Army told a reporter for the Military Newspaper Group “It’s bringing people together for the good of our community during our country’s most terrific holiday. Sergeant Patrick Williams, 43rd Special Troops Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, and lead volunteer told the Military Newspaper Group “This is to benefit the community. We’re helping people who are less fortunate and giving them a good Thanksgiving.”

On the Serving Line

Everybody pitched in to serve the homeless at the downtown Salvation Army Center. Brigadier General Michael Bills, Sergeant Major Richard Joyce and his wife Claudia Joyce, Major General Paul J. LaCamera’s wife Theresa LaCamera and their daughters Maggie and Katie served the homeless at the downtown center. Brigadier General Michael Bills and Sergeant Major Richard Joyce were in full uniform.

Related article: Operation Happy Holidays

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Fort Carson, Homelesness, Homeless, Homeless People, Homeless Shelters, Homeless Woman, Homelessness In Society, Homelessness Issues, Salvation Army, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Dinner, Volunteers

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Good evening, Jerry; one more example of how generous your community is. Of course, when we give, we also receive. However, I have said it before, your community does seem to foster sharing more than some. Thanks for another example of it. Happy Holidays. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Dec 2013 (#)

I agree Marilyn--when we give we always receive more than we give. Colorado Springs is a military town and I think that most military towns take care of their own better than most. The fact that a high percentage of the homeless here are military veterans may also be a factor in the willingness of the military to give of their time and money.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Thats a nice post that shows off the spirit of mans generosity, thank you for sharing this one of a kind story.

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author avatar Mariah
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Just heartwarming to read about Jerry..great post.
Blessings and best wishes to you and yours for Christmas and the coming year,

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah. A blessed and happy holidays to you and yours too.,

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author avatar Legend
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Heartwarming and a worthy thanksgiving celebration truly honoring the American spirit!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Legend.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Very impressive. As already stated above, your community really goes above and beyond when it comes to giving back to others, Jerry. It is so wonderful and inspirational to read about this.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie.

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