MCAG to hold Annual Thanksgiving Feast
The Malden Community Action Group will hold it’s Annual Thanksgiving Feast from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Whitney Killebrew, with the Malden Community Action Group said they will be feeding anyone who wants or needs a meal.
“We put an emphasis on feeding our veterans and also any shut-ins who need a good meal,” Killebrew said. “It’s important that no one celebrates Thanksgiving alone and that is why we continue to do this each year,” she added.
With the Annual dinner being less than just a week after Veteran’s Day, Killebrew is hoping that any veteran who can make it to the free meal, will do so. “We just can’t ever do enough for our veterans,” Killebrew said. “But by making sure they have a good meal on or near the holiday and by making sure they are not alone are just a few things that we can do to say Thank You,” she added.
Statistics show that as many as 60-million Americans suffer winter doldrums and just cant seem to find much to celebrate during the holiday season.
When you add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to this it can be quite difficult to say the least. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 11 to 20-percent of Veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year. Therefore, finding a reason to be jolly can be difficult for these veterans.
Although there are various programs out there designed to help veterans and their families in coping and handling PTSD, it is always a good thing to show them how much they are appreciated.
“We know that providing a single meal may not sound like a lot, but when you see people who wouldn’t get to eat Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends being able to get out and talk and interact with the public, it’s a wonderful feeling knowing you helped orchestrate that,” Killebrew said. “We should always help our Veterans and shut-ins (those who never come out of their homes) and show them that there is a community out here who cares and for the them, appreciates their sacrifice.”