Nov 24, 2011 4:26 PM by John Romero

Thanksgiving for the troops

On any other day Susie's Westside Café in Colorado Springs would be serving up the usual eggs and home fries for their loyal customers. But on Thanksgiving they're serving up a different kind of meal. Pies are delivered, turkey is roasted and all of the trimmings rare ready to go. "Today we have a group of volunteers that have come together to serve the soldiers." explains Susie's owner Susan McGregor.

The idea came from Rod Quein, a long time customer at Susie's. "I just thought it was a wonderful idea and such a neat way to show our appreciation for the men and women that serve our country." explains McGregor.

Rod and his wife have been doing similar Thanksgiving events for the past 4 years. They served soldiers and women at TESSA. For Rod, it's his way of giving back after a rough patch of his own. "I've been in need in the past and have been helped. I'm now able to return it." he says.

Around 200 servicemen and women got a little taste of home thanks to Rod, Susie and a small army of business owners and volunteers. To them, it means everything. "A few of us here weren't going to be able to be around our families on this holiday." says Charles Roupe, an Airman, "My family lives in Washington State. So since I'm not around them I can be around my Air Force family."

As much as it means to those receiving the meal, it's not even close to what it means to someone like Rod. "All I did was ring the bell and folks came to help." he says, "There's an indescribable amount of gratitude that goes along with that. I can, so I do."



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