American Legion invites everyone to free Thanksgiving meal
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. – Thanksgiving is all about family, and on Thursday a group of veterans made sure everyone had family to spend Thanksgiving with.
“Anybody, anyone, we don’t care whether or not you live in Atlantic, or whether you live in Oak Hall, if you want a free Thanksgiving dinner, this is the place to come,” Dave Briggs, Post Commander at the American Legion Post 159, said.
“We really concentrate on a lot of the elderly, we have people that live alone, we have some that are home-bound, we have veterans and their families and we have some folks who are less fortunate that can’t even make it out that we deliver to as well,” Scott Edwards, with the Legion, added.
With the food free to everyone who walks in the doors, organizers say there’s a lot of preparation that goes into making this feast possible.
“We start planning for this around July and August, a lot of work goes into it, there’s a lot of work, in fact we have four or five people that cook turkeys and hams,” Briggs said.
But all of that work keeps volunteers busy when they sometimes can’t spend the holidays with their own families.
“I have a son in Arizona and a daughter in Washington State, I don’t get to see them very often, so instead of sitting at home by ourselves, we just volunteered to come on and help with this,” Edwards said.
It’s a way of giving back, and that’s something that organizers say shows the true meaning of the holidays.
“Makes me feel great, makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something with my job,” Briggs said.