Helped needed for Sailors for Thanksgiving program

McHENRY – The Combined Veterans of McHenry County will host 100 to 150 sailors for Thanksgiving at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Route 120 in McHenry again this year.

The sailors are treated to a full-course meal, karaoke, a “Thank You for Serving” T-shirt and more. 

Donations have lagged this year and the organization is requesting help, Bob Zriny, the lead coordinator for donations, said in a news release. Needed are 50 turkeys, 20 turkey breasts and 18 to 20 hams.

Donations collected for Thanksgiving are extended to the group’s Christmas Day breakfast and full dinner for the new recruits from the base.

In years past, school buses have been donated and drivers have volunteered to pick up and return the sailors to Great Lakes Naval Base, but this year that is not the case, so the group is taking on the added expense of transportation for both events.

To help with food or cash donations, call Zriny at 815-354-3247.

To volunteer time on Thanksgiving or Christmas, call Marianne Ruiz at 815-575-1011.

– Northwest Herald