WAVY-TV in Norfolk, VA reports that it isn’t Thanksgiving just yet, but hundreds of local soldiers, wounded warriors, and their families gobbled up their Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday thanks to the USO.
The USO Thanksgiving Luncheon, held at Naval Station Norfolk, was a chance for sailors to get a little taste of home even though their families were far away.
“It really is good,” said sailor Amber Harvey. “I haven’t really had a home cooked meal in a while.”
“I love it because we are all away from our families,” said another sailor, Lisa Combs. “The holiday is here. It just makes me feel warm. It makes me feel warm and happy and the food is great.”
Not only did the sailors enjoy great food and big smiles, they could also pose for pictures with a giant stuffed cup of coffee – on hand for the luncheon because because Dunkin Donuts donated bags and bags of coffee to the USO.
“We just want to give back,” said Kristin Doehring of Dunkin Donuts. “We like to be part of the community that we serve and we like to be part of the military who serves us.”
The Thanksgiving Feast left the sailors stuffed and happy.
“It’s really good,” said Harvey. “I pretty much ate everything on my plate.”
The USO fed around 500 servicemen and women at Thursday’s luncheon.