For the past 15 years, our little community school has sponsored a neighborhood-wide thanksgiving dinner the Friday before Thanksgiving. Anyone and everyone is invited, and it has grown every year. Turkeys and all the trimmings are donated and the 7th and 8th graders at the school get to do the serving. For the past 3 years we have invited soldiers from Ft. Hood to join us. Killeen, Texas is nearly 2 1/2 hours away, but we always have 70 or so soldiers who think the trip is worth their effort, and this year was no different.
The entire community turned out as well as a number of people from Stephenville, Huckabay, Lipan, etc. The soldiers were given a warm welcome and sent home with left-over cakes to share with their friends back on base. Mike and I made an effort to talk to and shake the hand of each and every one. A local celebrity, Tuff Hedeman, also came and answered questions about his rodeo career and the famous bull "Bodacious".
WFAA, channel 8 in Dallas, sent a camera crew again this year and we were grateful for the press coverage - but only to show the world that a little community like ours can make a difference.
View the news reel HERE.