Donations needed for Jacksonville USO Thanksgiving dinner for service members

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - While many are preparing to spend Thanksgiving surrounded by family, for military service members holiday traditions could be hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

One local organization says they need your help to provide that same holiday spirit for those who fight and defend.

The USO of Jacksonville says right now they are low on supplies of holiday desserts and breads for their annual Thanksgiving meal, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the USO.

Another meal will also be served on base at Camp Devil Dog.

Between both places, 2,000 service members will be served.

They also say that more volunteers are always welcome.

To eat, you must bring a valid military I.D.

"Our mission is to strengthen America's military by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, and what a better day to do that than Thanksgiving to come have a meal with your USO family," says Holly Coffer, the director of Jacksonville USO.

Donations can be dropped off at their location on Tallman Street.