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Veterans Service Center needs donations for Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 11 2013 04:17:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2013 04:17:55 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are fast-approaching. That means the time-honored tradition of the Veteran's Thanksgiving Dinner is right around the corner.

Last year, that event almost didn't happen.

"We want to make sure that everyone gets a meal," said Jimmy DeFoor of the Veterans Service Center with Taylor County. "The past several years our donations have gone down and it looked like we weren't gonna have enough money for the dinner."

Last year, with the help of the some generous people including a woman named Connie Rose, the dinner happened after all.

"Our community cares and there are people in the community that when you're struggling they will step in," said DeFoor.

He's hoping that help comes again this year.

Here's a breakdown of what the dinner costs: Each person costs around $10 to $12 dollars. About 1,200 to 1,500 of those less fortunate show up to eat every year. That comes out to between $12,000 and $18,000. None of the money comes from the county or the city.

"The money donated by the community is what is used to pay for this," said DeFoor.

If you can't donate money, DeFoor said time is just as helpful.

"It really is nothing more than just showing up," said DeFoor. "Ya know, if you show up, we're gonna find a job for you."

To make a donation or sign up to volunteer, contact the Veterans Service Office. That number is (325) 674-1328