Holidays for Heroes along North Carolina's coast

USO of North Carolina Coastal Area team announces holiday events connecting military service members to family, home and country

Jacksonville, NC – Our service members and their families make sacrifices year-round, but the holidays can be even more difficult when they face deployments overseas, training exercises or even being stationed far from home. To help connect local service members to their families, home and country, and bring holiday cheer, the USO of North Carolina’s Jacksonville Center is hosting a number of holiday events along the coast. The events are part of the USO of North Carolina’s statewide “Holidays for Heroes” campaign, presented by Community Coffee.

This year’s events for military families include a Christmas meal, giveaways, brunch with “Gunny Claus,” a Marine Corps themed Santa, and more.

Holidays for Heroes Bike Giveaway: December 13, Pre-registered military families will receive bikes at the USO of NC Jacksonville Center December 13, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The bikes were built as part of a Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina team building event in October, specifically for military children. Brunch with Gunny Claus: December 15, pre-registered military children will visit with “Gunny Claus,” enjoy story time, food, crafts and more at the USO of NC Jacksonville Center from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Operation Cookie Drop: On December 18, USO of North Carolina volunteers bake and deliver thousands of holiday cookies to Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen throughout the coastal area. Christmas Dinner in Jacksonville: December 25, 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Christmas Day, the USO of North Carolina Jacksonville Center (9 Tallman Street, Jacksonville, NC) will serve a free meal to members of the military, retirees. The event not only provides a free meal, but brings a sense of community and family to attendees. Christmas Day at Camp Devil Dog: On Christmas Day, the USO of North Carolina Mobile Center will support Marines in the field as they conduct Marine Combat Training at Camp Devil Dog. Marines will receive holiday goodies and other surprises.

For more than 75 years, our Jacksonville Center has served as a “home away from home,” for patriots separated from their families during the holidays, providing friendly smiles, warm hugs and holiday dinners. Hundreds of volunteers and the USO of North Carolina staff work tirelessly planning and preparing meals that will feed over 3,000 military personnel and their families. This is not possible without the generous support of local community leaders, individuals and corporations.

When our service members can’t make it home for the holidays, the USO of NC, Jacksonville brings “home” to them. To learn more about the USO of North Carolina’s holiday events, visit https://northcarolina.uso.org/events/147.

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., touching nearly 600,000 lives annually, helping our service members and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors, our travel partner American Airlines, 4- star Patriot Circle members Bank of America, Cannon Foundation, Community Coffee, Harris Teeter, Lenovo, Marine Federal Credit Union, USAA, Walmart and other corporate partners to support the USO of NC and our service members. For more information visit www.uso-nc.org and to donate, visit https://uso-nc.org/donate-now/.

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