Almost 60 military families aboard Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL) were provided with Thanksgiving dinner baskets this week courtesy of Westwood Bluffs and Pan Dragon of Fresno.
Volunteers from both organizations have delivered turkeys, sides and desserts to the NASL Chapel for the past six years in order to help families stationed here have Thanksgiving dinner.
“The Chaplain tells us how many families are in need of Thanksgiving dinner baskets and we make it happen,” said Lisa Ceppaglia, property manager of Westwood Bluffs.
Chapel volunteer and staff, along with NASL-based Cub Scout Pack 425 and Boy Scout Troop 432 of Armona, helped pass out the provisions for the dinners this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
Westwood Bluffs and Pan Dragon also participate in NASL’s adopt-a-family program during the holiday season where families can obtain gifts for children. The Chapel will also offer Christmas dinner baskets.
“Thanksgiving meals, Christmas meals and adopt-a-family requests are submitted by individual commands and are completely anonymous,” said Brian Hamer, NASL Base Chaplain.
Service members who could benefit from either of these giving programs should communicate with their commands in order to have their information passed on to the Chapel.
The Chapel also runs a pantry year-round. It accepts non-perishable food items, toys and baby care items, such as diapers and wipes. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We have an open door policy for donations and those who need to use the pantry,” said Hamer.
Those in need of the pantry outside regular operating hours, or who have questions, can call (559) 998-4618.