Local veterans groups give free Thanksgiving meal to over 350 locals

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Five local veteran's groups joined forces Sunday to serve a free Thanksgiving meal to not only veterans and their families, but anyone in the community looking to enjoy some food.

"Everything is donated from all around city Sherman and Denison," said Billy Sartor, a Navy veteran who volunteered early Sunday morning to set up. "It's a wonderful event. We hope next year will be even bigger."

Sartor said the five organizations (The VFW Post 2772, American Legion and Legion Riders from MIA Post 231, American Legion Post 29, and United Steel Workers Local 8618) have been planning the meal for the past three months.

It was open to anyone.

"We like to put it on for the community as a whole," Sartor said.

Monique Cooksey, the senior vice-commander of the Sherman VFW, said this was the biggest turnout they had seen. We're told nearly 350 people came to enjoy the meal.

"Everybody's happy, I've got people I haven't seen in years saying 'what can we do to help,'" Cooksey said.

The Sherman VFW is planning another event next Sunday.

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