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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida mom served up a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to 15 Marines who serve alongside her son a Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., according to WJAX.
“Hi guys. Welcome home,” Heidi Barfield said as the group walked off the bus.
Many of her son’s friends have family thousands of miles away and couldn’t make it home for the holiday. Barfield said she wanted to make sure they didn’t spend Thanksgiving alone.
“These young men and women have written a blank check to the United States of America for up to and including their life,” Barfield said. “If it came to, could we peel an extra potato or a 40-pound turkey, you bet.”
WJAX reported that local and out-of-state businesses donated gift cards and 40 pounds of turkey.
A local church also donated a bus to bring the Marines to the Barfield’s home.
Barfield’s son PFC. Justin Hanes told WJAX that he was grateful share Thanksgiving with his fellow Marines.
“My house is your house, so I just made sure everyone knew they had somewhere to stay,” Hanes said.
Barfield said she was happy to host them and saw it as an opportunity to thank the men and women who protect us every day.