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FAMILIES SAY RECENT EVENTS MAKE THEM MORE THANKFUL

Military Families Invited To Thanksgiving Dinner At Local Church

This Thanksgiving lunch means a lot to disabled veteran Garry Coker and his wife. He says he's lost everything, his car, his home, but still has a lot to be thankful for.

"I'm alive. I'm free. I live in the best country in the world," Coker said. "My wife, my family, it's just so much to be grateful for today."

Holidays can be especially hard for military families like Glowaina Vandolah's. She says they don't get to visit their family in Missouri very often because her husband is on standby to serve at any time. That's why events like this one are so important.

"I can't tell you what it means to have a church family when you can't have your blood family right there, and you don't have a home to go to. So your family is around you and its such a warm atmosphere," she said.

"This is a place that we believe we can give them that fellowship, that family atmosphere, seeing that they can't be with their families, and knowing that it's not a good thing to be alone on a holiday like this," Pastor Kevin Clifton said.

There was a feeling of togetherness throughout the Thanksgiving lunch. The people at the meal say the events of September 11th made us all more aware of things that are really important.

"It's not the car you drive or the house you live in or what income your job may bring, but it's those people around you that you really care about that you love," Vandolah said.

"America feels like America again. There's a spirit of togetherness. You know, unitedness. You can feel it," Coker said. He adds that events like the Thanksgiving dinner let him know that there are people who care, and it gives him a positive outlook on the future.

By Myya Durden

Online Producer Glenn Cummins

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