There were lots of people, music, food, and holiday cheer. Veterans expressed gratitude for events like these where their service is appreciated.
People lined up outside at 4 o’clock for the event that started at 5:30 PM. By the time the event actually started, the director project they had served about 500 people dinner and she says, they need to do it to show their appreciation.
“Their home lives have been disrupted. It’s a whole different system for them, so we need to honor what they have done for us… the times they have given, many of them are injured, and they still come to these events just to have camaraderie with everyone” says Sam Hacker, Community Director of Support Siouxland Soldiers.
Dinner and dessert, holiday music, and plenty of toys to go around as the big man… That’s right, Santa.. was there to check the children’s wish list and send them off with an early Christmas present.
“There’s been a lot of people running up and down the hallways trying to volunteer and serve food, dropping presents off. It’s been a little overwhelming with all the people here, but it’s and overwhelming sense of joy” says Staff Sgt James Puckett, Army Recruiter and volunteer.
Each veteran brought home about ten days worth of groceries for their family.