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Local resident asks community’s help in continuing Thanksgiving tradition for service members

A picture of local service members at last year's "Military Appreciation Dinner."
A picture of local service members at last year's "Military Appreciation Dinner."(Will Thomas)
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 4:07 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Glen Chavez began hosting the “Military Appreciation Dinner” in Cheyenne 10 years ago.

“During the holidays it gets very lonely. People who’ve been following me and this dinner, this is our 10th year. Everybody knows that this dinner started because of a suicide, we’re looking to curve that and we just want to let everyone know that during the holidays you’re gonna be taken care of,” said Chavez.

Chavez said he expected the dinner to be a one and done deal, and 10 years later he never expected it to grow as much as it has. Due to the pandemic, many of Cheyenne’s local military members will not be able to travel home for the holidays. Chavez said as much as they do for us, it’s the community’s turn to step up for them.

Chavez said they need hams, turkeys and Thanksgiving sides. He said you can also donate money to help purchase the food for service members. The money goes to the Cheyenne Community AIM Foundation, which Chavez started, it helps make the meals possible.

“What it means to me? Wow, where do I start in all of this, because I’ve been doing it for so long. I’m one of these guys that it just needs to get done, and I was at the forefront of it, here I am still leading the charge, and I’m gonna continue leading it because it’s something that needs to be done,” said Chavez.

Drop off locations will be at Pork Chop’s Truck and Auto located at 2616 E Lincolnway and USA Tax at 1805 Warren Ave. Chavez said they will also be outside of USA Tax all day Wednesday, Nov. 18.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Chavez said they will be handing out the meals and are looking for volunteers to help with it as well. If you would like to learn more, you can email Glen at g.chavez08@yahoo.com.

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