LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Some local Marines and their families are thankful for a special gift given by a group of community members. Monday night the Marines enjoyed a holiday get together with a free home cooked meal.
Five couples served and cooked the meals, their way of giving back to those who serve overseas. "It means a lot to them to know that people still care and are thinking about them," said Floyd Hicklen one of the ten people who helped organize the dinner.
The Marines enjoyed the food, but also enjoyed just being with family and friends for the holidays, something they don't always get to do. "I like the opportunity to come and hang out with the family and just try to spend some time with my brother since he wasn't here for Christmas last year, so it means a lot," said Austin Williams, brother of Corporal Jason Williams.
Jason Williams just got back from Iraq in March but will be deployed to Afghanistan in the spring. "I get to savor the moment and be with my family this year, and next year, I'll make it count this year because I'm not going to be here next year," said Corporal Williams.
For a couple of hours the Marines forgot about the war, and focused on their families. "The families are enjoying it. That's the joy we get out the whole thing seeing everyone else get a lot excitement out of it, it's for the kids," said Staff Sgt. Cedric Foster.
Santa even came early for the kids, making a grand entrance and passing out presents.