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Nov 25, 2009 10:27 PM by Matt Stafford

Giving even more

For the 20th year in a row, soldiers from The Mountain Post are trying to feed the less fortunate in Colorado Springs on Thanksgiving.

This meal means a lot to the soldiers who make it.

"These (food containers) have been to Iraq. They've been all over," says Spc. Anthony King, an army cook helping with this year's Thanksgiving meal.

The containers Spc. King talked about served troops overseas and will now serve the community at home.

The troops are serving 4,500 people Thanksgiving dinner, like they have for 20 years.

"You got to keep that spirit going. Were all volunteers," says King. "This is like a big huge family reunion because we do it every year."

When preparing any Thanksgiving meal, you have to cover your bases.

Turkey, check.

The Salvation Army donated the food, including about 250 turkeys.

"It feels good, especially feeding the homeless and The Salvation Army people helping out," says Spc. Raymond Owusu.

Sgt Marc Scozzafava adds about the troops helping out, "Just having a good attitude and they're being focused and ready to work helps a lot too."

Sides are important to any thanksgiving meal.

Also, a special touch many of us skip on our meal at home. Ice sculptures top off the meal.

However, for the soldiers, the real finishing touch comes from full stomachs.

"You got to realize that all the food that we're cooking, somebody is enjoying a hot fresh meal," says Spc. King.

Like the containers serving it, it's just one more way to give for the troops.

If you are in need of a free meal on Thanksgiving you can visit one of these locations were the soldiers will be distributing food:

-The Salvation Army, 908 Yuma
-Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5725 Southmoor Dr.
-Marian House, 14 W. Bijou
-Manitou Springs Town Hall, 606 Manitou
-New Song Christian Fellowship, 5515 Palmer Park
-Canteen at Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Dr.

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