Families Open Homes To Soldiers For Thanksgiving

POSTED: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 7:25am

UPDATED: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:13pm

Borderland families opened their homes to soldiers. One hundred and seventeen soldiers waited for a family they've never met to pick them up and take them home for Thanksgiving dinner. The adopt-a-soldier program has been going on for more than 30 years at Fort Bliss. The soldiers are part of a training unit. They've been in the Army less than five months. The families range from citizens who want to teach their kids about patriotism, to higher ranked soldiers,who remember what it was like to be in training.

"Fortunately, I have been lucky and been able to have family, at least my wife and children around me at all times," said family member Michael Rich.

Michael and his wife Chrisy both come from big families. Michael is in the Army and Chrisy used to be in the Air Force. They shared their home with Katherine Taggart and Crystal Kong, soldiers that otherwise would have nothing else to do.

The soldiers enjoyed interacting with the family. They took time to think about the meaning of the day.
"Thanksgiving is about realizing what it is that helps you, keeps you going during the day... and taking the time to appreciate it," said Taggart.

There are actually more families willing to take a soldier into their homes than there are soldiers needing a place to go. "My mom would have been cooking the entire week," said Taggart.

This program is perfect for soldiers like Taggart, who miss their families, but had a place to enjoy the holidays.

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I am a retired soldiers and wish to ADOPT a soldier to join my family for Christmas Dinner.

Bradley. McNair Sr. (SFC Ret.)

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