Gold Star Wives feed more than 20 families of veterans this holiday season

Gold Star wives feed Veteran Families

Families of veterans are getting a helping hand this holiday season from the Magnolia Chapter of the Gold Star Wives.

Saturday, volunteers joined the widows of veterans who served in the military, helping fill more than 100 boxes with food.

Magnolia Chapter President, Flora Lee Karnea says all the food is going to veteran families in need, many of which have small children.

She says she knows first hand what it's like to go with out during the holiday season.

She recalled the Christmas when her husband fought in World War II says, " I saw my children hungry... and they only got one gift each and we prayed we would pay the bill the next year."

The Wives have been host this "little known" event for twenty one years and every year their ability to give grows more and more as the community reaches out and local stores donate items.

This year they also donated clothes and toys. so every year they try to give a little more than the last.

Gold Star Wife Sandra Samples, says this is her fifth Christmas without her husband of over 40 years.

She also remembers what it was like having her first child when her husband fought in the Vietnam War, adding "I dreaded every time the phone rang and every time the doorbell rang."

She says serving with the Wives is an honor and a way to continue the legacy of service left behind by their husbands.

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