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Dec 8, 2012 8:47 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Military families pick up free holiday meals

Military families picked up food baskets at the Holiday Inn in the Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The Holiday Meals for Military program started in 2009 when a New York soldier, his wife, and baby didn't have enough money to cover their $12 in groceries.

Since then, the program has grown from 500 meals to 3,000 across the country. It's become an annual tradition that takes some of the stress out of the holidays.

"To be able to have this and have one less thing that we have to worry about is a blessing," said Mrs. Slay, a participant with three children.

The bags included all the fixings for a Christmas meal, including a voucher for a ham and a special message and download from none other than Kid Rock.

About 300 local families were registered for the event.

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