Thanksgiving came early for dozens of single service members at Fort Bragg. The installation’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program held its annual BOSS Thanksgiving celebration at the Iron Mike Conference Center, Nov. 16.
The event was free for eligible attendees who dined on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the trimmings while competing in trivia and drawings for prizes. Winners received a Playstation 4, bike, HD television, printer and more.
Soldiers who attended the event said they appreciated the free food and gifts.
“It’s pretty nice,” said PV2 Dondrae Clary, 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade. “I actually like it a lot.”
This is just what the organization wants to hear. BOSS holds the event every year because many single Soldiers can’t make it home for the holidays, said Sgt. Patricia Huckoby, vice president, BOSS.
“This is the next best thing to make sure they get a Thanksgiving,” she said.
Like others at the luncheon, Clary said it was the first time he attended a BOSS event, but would “definitely” check out future activities from the organization.
Attracting new members is important for BOSS, Huckoby said, because it enables more events to reach even more Soldiers. Her favorite aspect of the group’s activities, like the Thanksgiving luncheon, was easy to name.
“Seeing Soldiers happy is what matters to me,” she explained.
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