ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – Dyess Air Force Base has received assistance to feed its families for the upcoming holiday season. Upon opening the door, members of Operation Homefront provided vacation meal kits to the military.
Hundreds of cars lined up on Saturday afternoon to gather all the preparations for a hearty Thanksgiving meal. Jamie Rabbito, of the San Antonio Shoemakers, said the boxes contained “pies, cranberries, green beans, corn, stuffing, dressing, all kinds of things, as well as turkey supplied by HEB.”
For the past 9 years, Rabbito has been in partnership with Operation Homefront, making sure our military families in Texas are ready for the holidays, as a “thank you” for their service.
“We’re really excited to be able to do this and it means a lot to them, and it means a lot to us too,” Rabbito said.
Staff Sergeant Reynaldo Sanchez says the community has welcomed his family with open arms – these meal kits being another addition to the warm welcome.
“We’ve loved this city since we’ve been here. I’m not going to lie when I got this assignment, I was like where Dyess is, but now that we live here we love him and plan to stay here for a while, ”Sanchez said.
With the help of Operation Homefront, he and his family can provide their loved ones with a baked meal for Thanksgiving.
“We’re planning to have a home cooked meal with all of this stuff we got from you, so we’re just thrilled to enjoy having a great Thanksgiving this year,” Sanchez explained.
And like all families here, Rabbito says she thinks it’s the least they can do for families who give so much.
“We have been very blessed and God has been so good to us, so we are so excited to spend Thanksgiving together this year,” Rabbito said.
A blessing just before the holidays, giving military families the opportunity to come together for a feast.
This year, Operation Homefront will serve its 500,000e military family since the program officially began in 2010, as they continue to support tens of thousands of families across the country each year.