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‘Fill The Mayflower’ & Help Military Families This Thanksgiving

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The Mayflower truck in Arvada (credit: CBS)

The Mayflower truck in Arvada (credit: CBS)

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A local group is doing its part to make sure military families in need have enough to eat this Thanksgiving.

This weekend people donated non-perishable food items for service members and their loved ones.

Customers were in and out of an Arvada King Soopers Sunday buying groceries to feed their families. But on their way out many stopped to give some of that food and spare change away to military families in need.

“We donated like three cans of canned goods,” a shopper said.

“I gave them $14 right now,” another said.

“I got enough for five families to help support them,” Katie Roberts said.

Roberts came out of the store with a cart full of groceries. Only two of the bags were for her family.

“I think the donation is so, so small compared to what they give us,” Roberts said.

The items went to fill a Mayflower moving truck. The food is donated to military families in the Colorado area just in time for Thanksgiving.

Volunteers have been collecting all weekend.

“A lot of these families are younger families and so the military member might not be making a lot of money,” Linda “Ole” Ferguson with Homefront Heroes said. “Young families with little children so they have a lot of expenses.”

Ferguson has been filling the Mayflower for the past few years. She believes it’s the right thing to do.

“We’re all part of the military family. They’re all part of our family, our bigger family, so why not?” she said.

While it wasn’t quite filled, Ferguson was thankful for people like Roberts who unexpectedly give to the people that gave to them.

“God bless America and thank you so much military for supporting us,” Roberts said.

LINK: Homefront Heroes

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