KILLEEN — Hoping to help military families thrive, not merely struggle to get by, Holiday Meals for Military distributed food and gift cards to over 350 families on Saturday at the Shilo Inn, Killeen.

The annual event is part of Operation Homefront. Erica Howe, area manager for Operation Homefront, was pleased by the number of volunteers who turned up to assist with the distribution of large bags filled with food and cleaning supplies, donated by Proctor and Gamble.

The nonperishable food items were supplemented by a $25 Walmart gift card, which would allow families to buy a turkey or ham, or other food.

“We’re a direct touch nonprofit,” Howe said. Dealing with the E-1 through E-6 military personnel and their families in a personal way holds a lot of meaning for her.

Racheal Hepburn’s husband is currently deployed. She appreciates how the food will make it a bit easier to provide a holiday meal for her three children, ages 9, 11 and 14, and herself.

Sgt. Adam Maldonado said, “The food will provide nice meals.” With four children, ages 5 to 9, the extra certainly helps.

Holiday Meals for Military is part of Operation Homefront’s “Giving Strength” campaign. The distribution of meals began in 2009, and has grown to serve over 8,000 families across the United States, Howe said.

jferraro@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7568

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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