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Christmas Tailgate

Organized by: Leanna Kavanagh

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EVENT DATE Dec 25, 2014

THE STORY:

It’s official! The Commanding Officer of B Company 2-5 Cavalry has endorsed my plan to bring Christmas to the bachelor soldiers who will be on Fort Hood for the holiday! The Infantry Company is on rapid response force, so they have to be within 3 hours of the post in case of emergency. This means that the unmarried soldier in the barracks is able to eat a meal at one of the dining facilities (dfac) somewhere on post during the dfac’s shortened holiday hours. Fort Hood is the largest military base in the world, so that may be miles from the barracks, and many do not have cars.

Who is the soldier in the barracks? The infantry is composed solely of men. My observations are: His average age is 19 and 1/2. His base pay is $1,700 per month – out of which he pays taxes, buys his uniforms, if he has a car, pays car payments, gas and insurance, pays for internet, pays for cable, pays for a telephone, and the meals he cannot get to at the dining facility. He comes from all over the country- Oakland Township, Michigan – Chicago, Illinois – Biloxi, Mississippi- Lancaster, Pennsylvania and more. He has a high school education. He is more comfortable outside doing manual labor than at a desk inside. He is a patriot.

What is the plan? Christmas Tailgate! I am organizing a trip from Oakland Township, Michigan to Fort Hood Texas. I am borrowing an RV and filing it with goodies from home to take to the soldiers. We are stopping in Illinois to pick up the wife of one of the soldiers who is in school and taking her to see him for the holiday. We are stopping in Beebe, Arkansas to pick up pies and cakes made by the senior ladies group. My family is coming from all over the country to help cook and serve the soldiers. In the parking lot of one of the barracks units we are cooking and celebrating the holiday together. We would like to provide each soldier with a home cooked meal, a gift, and a stocking.

How can you help? We need to provide Christmas dinner. We need gifts – socks (plain black dress socks and white crew socks with no markings), underwear, sporting equipment, Nerf guns. (In an informal survey Nerf guns are #1, underwear #2). We need stockings- 200 or more that we can fill with things like beef jerky, gum, candy, etc. Are you in a group that can help with craft a stocking? Do you have connections that can provide some goods? Anything you can do will mean so much to these young men who are so far from home and may be sent even farther away.

Please consider what you can do to serve those who serve our country.
Thank you,
Leanna Kavanagh
Proud Mother of a US Soldier
ChristmasTailgate@gmail.com

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