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Old 11-13-2007, 01:39 PM
 
Location: SA, TX
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Since we are now so far form our family and friends, we really having nothing special to do for Thanksgiving. We would like to volunteer in some way on that day. My children are 11, 9, 6, and 3, so it would need to be a place that the smaller ones could have some role in. Anyone have any ideas to places that will need help on Thanksgiving?
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:03 PM
 
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You could deliver meals via Meals on Wheels. There is also a yearly dinner that always needs volunteers, the Raul Jimenez Dinner. WOAI had a link on it's page about it needing volunteers.

Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner -- November 22, 2007

Here is a link to Meals on Wheels - I'm not sure if they are looking for volunteers just for Thanksgiving - but probably they would like you to be willing several days a week>

Volunteers - Christian Senior Services (http://christianseniorservices.org/site/pp.asp?c=giJUJ3OSF&b=13784 - broken link)
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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Volunteering on Thanksgiving is a wonderful thing to do. Another option is to host servicemembers who can't make it home to be part of your Thanksgiving celebration. Area military installations have programs set up for volunteers who want to host one or two military personnel.

Fort Sam Houston runs Mission Thanksgiving. Info page is http://www.samhouston.army.mil/pdf/M...oster_2007.pdf Signup page is: U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School! (broken link)

Lackland AFB runs Operation Homecooking. Call (210) 671-5453 or visit Lackland Air Force Base - Homecook online. Most of the Lackland servicemembers are trainees, many of whom have never been away from home for Thanksgiving.

My understanding is that BAMC's Center for the Intrepid and the Fisher House (where many CFI families are staying) is running the same type of program but I don't have contact information for them. Will post again when I get the info.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I'm volunteering at WHMC...so that some of my coworkers who are single parents with kiddos can have the day off!
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:33 PM
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If you are military, you could visit the USO downtown and help serve or just be there with the local troops that can't make it home for Thanksgiving. The USO puts out quite a spread each year, and I'm sure the Airmen, Soldiers, and Sailors would love to see your little ones and play games - just like home!

www.alamouso.org
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Old 11-13-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: SA, TX
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We are not military, but I LOVE the thought of volunteering with our troops! They deserve so much! I'll be checking into those ideas. Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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I'm volunteering at WHMC...so that some of my coworkers who are single parents with kiddos can have the day off!
What a truly sweet thing to do, with a truly sweet motive, Paka...
Honest!!
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:45 PM
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You can help feed the homeless on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with my church. (it's a once-a-month thing) Harvest Fellowship is the church and they are at 1604 and 281, roughly. You just meet at the school gym and they will even give you a ride down in one of the vans if you don't feel like driving.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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Fort Sam Houston runs Mission Thanksgiving. Info page is http://www.samhouston.army.mil/pdf/M...oster_2007.pdf Signup page is: U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School! (broken link)

Lackland AFB runs Operation Homecooking. Call (210) 671-5453 or visit Lackland Air Force Base - Homecook online. Most of the Lackland servicemembers are trainees, many of whom have never been away from home for Thanksgiving.
I just confirmed that tomorrow (Thursday) is the deadline for contacting Ft. Sam about hosting military personnel for Thanksgiving. Their online sign-up link works, but some of the phone numbers listed on the poster are not correct. If you want to speak to someone, call 210-295-0849 or 210-295-0934. They will begin call-backs on Friday to confirm all participants.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:43 PM
 
Location: SA, TX
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You can help feed the homeless on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with my church.
That's my youngest's birthday, so that day won't work for us. Also, would my younger ones be OK there? I'm afraid they'd be in the way of the servers and all.

We are most likely going to sponsor a serviceman (or 2 from what the website said). We'll probably go with Lackland since we are closer to it. Need to call tomorrow to make sure we can pull this off!
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