Airmen give back during Thanksgiving

Airmen from the 341st Force Support Squadron separate rolls into individual bags for Meals on Wheels Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Airmen helped disperse nearly 600 meals delivered for the Thanksgiving holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airmen from the 341st Force Support Squadron separate rolls into individual bags for Meals on Wheels Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Airmen helped disperse nearly 600 meals delivered for the Thanksgiving holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

(Left) Master Sgt. Paul Watts, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, and Staff Sgt. Moses Adenolda, 341st Security Forces Squadron command support staff, cup butterscotch pudding for Meals on Wheels Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Desserts are provided with each meal prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

(Left) Master Sgt. Paul Watts, 341st Civil Engineer Squadron first sergeant, and Staff Sgt. Moses Adenolda, 341st Security Forces Squadron command support staff, cup butterscotch pudding for Meals on Wheels Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Desserts are provided with each meal prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airmen from Malmstrom Air Force Base prepare meals for the senior community Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Airmen evenly dispersed nearly 600 meals for Meals on Wheels to include desserts, bread and cranberry sauce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airmen from Malmstrom Air Force Base prepare meals for the senior community Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Airmen evenly dispersed nearly 600 meals for Meals on Wheels to include desserts, bread and cranberry sauce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airman 1st Class Destini Vance, 341st Force Support Squadron customer support apprentice, pulls rolls out of a box during Meals on Wheels meal preparation Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Food is divided into single-person servings for proper nutrition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

Airman 1st Class Destini Vance, 341st Force Support Squadron customer support apprentice, pulls rolls out of a box during Meals on Wheels meal preparation Nov. 22, 2017, in Great Falls, Mont. Food is divided into single-person servings for proper nutrition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Truesdell)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. --

On Thanksgiving, many planned on spending time with their families. However, Airmen from Malmstrom used the opportunity to give back to the senior community.

 

More than 75 Airmen teamed up with Meals on Wheels America to prepare and deliver meals to the community. The meals consisted of hot and cold versions of Thanksgiving dinner such as mashed potatoes, casserole, green beans and more.

 

According to the Meals on Wheels official website, it is a nationwide organization that focuses on addressing senior citizen hunger, isolation and improving quality of life.

 

For Senior Airman Dotey Lynn, 341st Force Support Squadron force management journeyman and Meals on Wheels volunteer, it’s greatly appreciated knowing that Airmen are willing to spend their Thanksgiving helping others, when they could be celebrating their own.

 

“I was fortunate growing up with food and things that I needed,” said Lynn. “I enjoy giving back to people.”

 

Lynn and her wingman Airman 1st Class Ebony Francois, 341st FSS career development journeyman, have dedicated the previous three years giving back to the senior community.

 

Francois said she is unable to spend time with her family due to distance. Spending time with the community keeps her motivated as they are a type of family away from home.

 

“Helping out gives me something to look forward to,” said Francois. “Even if it seems like a small difference, it brings joy to the people of the community.”

 

Last year Airmen helped distribute 400 meals among the senior community. This year Airmen were able to deliver 628 meals to 324 senior citizens.

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