An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | Nov. 23, 2020

Connecticut Guardsman organizes Thanksgiving meal donations

By Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker 103rd Airlift Wing

EAST GRANBY, Conn. – As many Americans continue to face health and economic challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Connecticut Air National Guard member is making sure families can enjoy a warm meal this Thanksgiving.

Senior Airman Alexis Maher, 103rd Security Forces Squadron defender, organized the squadron’s second annual Thanksgiving food drive this fall. Maher collected food and monetary donations from Airmen throughout the 103rd Airlift Wing to put together meal kits for families.

“The first year we donated to two towns – Granby and Wethersfield –and with the coronavirus this year, I really thought it was important to help even more families around the state,” said Maher.

This year, donations went to food banks in Hartford, Granby, South Windsor, Vernon, Wethersfield and Coventry.

“We were able to put together 120 bags this year, and 20 bags went to each town,” said Maher. “All these bags go to local families who signed up for them at the food banks.”

Each bag contains a box of stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, biscuits or cornbread, a can of cranberry sauce, two cans of vegetables, and a dessert mix.

The results of the food drive speak to the care unit members have for the well-being of their fellow Connecticut residents, said Maher.

“We have a really good community on this base,” said Maher. “Everybody comes together, and this is a great way to share our support and gratitude for our local communities, especially during the holiday season.”

This is especially important as families forego typical large family gatherings to protect the health of their loved ones, said Maher.

“A lot of the time, people come together during the holidays, and unfortunately, that’s different this year with coronavirus,” said Maher. “So I hope that providing these food packages can help families enjoy the holiday during these especially difficult times.”

The Connecticut National Guard has helped local communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 1,000 Guard members activated for response missions.

Even while off duty, Guard members are supporting the community during these trying times, said Maher.

“In the Guard, we’re local citizens in uniform,” said Maher. “It’s hard to see people struggling in our community, and I’m grateful that we’re able to help.”

 

 

Related Articles
New York Army National Guard Sgt. Peter Fillion, an infantryman assigned to Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, lobs a simulation grenade during the 2024 Region I Best Warrior Competition on Camp Smith, New York, May 14, 2024. Soldiers threw grenades in six scenarios during the event, one of many taskings during the four-day competition.
New York, Connecticut Soldiers are Regional Best Warriors
By Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Pietrantoni, | May 20, 2024
CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, N.Y. – New York and Connecticut National Guard Soldiers took the top slots in the regional Best Warrior Competition that concluded in lower Manhattan May 16.New York Army National Guard Sgt. Peter...

Airman 1st Class Crisbel Burgos, 103rd Force Support Squadron services specialist, collects a swab sample at a COVID-19 testing site at Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus in New Haven, Connecticut, Dec. 4, 2020. Over 100 Connecticut National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are supporting 25 COVID-19 testing sites at hospitals and federally qualified health centers around the state.
103rd Airlift Wing increases COVID-19 response
By Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker | Feb. 2, 2021
EAST GRANBY, Conn. – As Connecticut increases its number of COVID-19 vaccination sites throughout the state, 150 Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing have volunteered to help the Connecticut National Guard support its many...

Nearly 47,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are activated in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia supporting COVID-19 response efforts. That is the Guard's largest response since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when more than 51,000 Guard members responded.
Guard's COVID-19 response is largest since Hurricane Katrina
By Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith | May 12, 2020
ARLINGTON, Va. - Almost 47,000 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard are activated to help fight COVID-19 in the Guard’s largest domestic response effort since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More than 51,000 Guard members...