Dec 25, 2009 6:31 PM by News First 5

Soldiers serve meals to needy on Christmas

The first Christmas they've spent in the Springs in awhile, dozens of Fort Carson soldiers served dinners at the Salvation Army to hundreds of people in need.

An all-volunteer group of soldiers from the 4th Infantry Divison prepared about 4500 dinners on post.  They were delivered to six spots around southern Colorado, including the Fountain Valley Senior center, the Marian House, the New Song Christian Fellowship, the Canteen at Mitchell High School, the Manitou Springs Town Hall and the Salvation Army. It's a long-standing tradition.

"It's very good when someone reaches out and actually makes you feel a part of their family, which I hope is what the military has done for this community," said CW3 Lena Tall, who works with food services.

"During this season, we focus on peace, sacrifice and giving and quite honestly, no person has brought more peace to people in the world than the army soldiers," said Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins.

The 4th ID has spent the last two Christmases in Iraq and will be deployed to Iraq next Christmas.



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