USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center brings service members, families together for the holidays

Jacksonville, NC - The holidays can be a time of separation for many military service members and their families. To help show our local service members that they have a home right here in our community, the USO of North Carolina will bring nearly 2,500 military members, retirees and families together for a holiday feast in Jacksonville and at Camp Devil Dog.

The Thanksgiving meal is part of a larger USO of North Carolina effort to connect service members to family, home and country during the holiday season. In the Coastal Area, the organization will also offer a brunch for military children with a Marine Corps themed Santa Claus, a cookie drop for Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen across the coast, and Christmas meals.

Each year, community members come together to support these meals with financial donations and food and supplies. This year, those donations and support from the community are even more critical. The USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center suffered damage due to Hurricane Florence and lost items that are typically used for holiday celebrations including paper goods, canned food and more.

“Our Thanksgiving meal is such a special opportunity to bring our service members and military families together and show them that they have a home right here in Jacksonville,” said Holly Coffer, USO of North Carolina Coastal Area director. “We’re so thankful for the support of our community year after year in making the meal possible, and we hope that this year can be better than ever.”

On Thanksgiving Day at the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center, volunteers plan to serve 2,000 full Thanksgiving meals. The USO of North Carolina Mobile Center will also travel to Camp Devil Dog along with the USO Show Troupe to provide entertainment and meals to service members in training that cannot return home for the holidays.

Donations can be made at the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The full list of needed items can be found at https://northcarolina.uso.org/events/333, and financial gifts can be given at uso-nc.org, applied to the Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune Centers.

For updates on needed items and progress, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/181955989394147/.

ABOUT THE USO OF NORTH CAROLINA The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S. through critical education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state, resulting in nearly 600,000 service connections each year. For more information, visit uso-nc.org.

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