For the 15th consecutive year at Valero headquarters, Valero Volunteers provided a traditional holiday meal to San Antonio-based members of the U.S. military who were unable to get home for Thanksgiving, serving about 525 troops.
The soldiers, sailors and airmen, who train in the Army Medical Department Center and School at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, filled an entire floor of Valero's headquarters while approximately 250 Valero Volunteers served food and organized entertainment.
“Valero honors our troops by giving those who couldn't make it home a place to eat a hot meal, play games and watch football," said Angela Kelley, Manager-Contract Development at Valero and volunteer co-coordinator of Thanksgiving with the Troops. “It warms my heart to see the troops and our volunteers enjoying this holiday event.
“To see these young troops, many having never spent Thanksgiving away from their own family and friends, having such a great time and enjoying all of the food and activities, makes all of the time and effort put into the planning for this event worth every second," said Bob Richardson, Senior Data Security Specialist at Valero and also volunteer co-coordinator of the event.
During the event, volunteers took turns dishing out more than 250 pounds of turkey, 125 pounds of potatoes and 100 pounds of green beans, corn and dressing, along with gravy, rolls and a full dessert buffet, to the roomful of hungry guests.
In addition to preparing and serving the meal, Valero Volunteers organized entertainment for the troops, including the popular “Military's Got Talent" contest. Big screens displayed the day's football games and parades, and door prizes also were provided. Leftover meals were donated to a VFW post in the San Antonio area.