More than 1,000 turkeys were given to Soldiers and civilian support staff of Fort Bragg at Hedrick Stadium Nov. 14.

Butterball, headquartered in Garner, North Carolina, spent the better part of that rainy Wednesday handing out turkeys to Fort Bragg Families.

Marking the 10th year they have come to Fort Bragg, this year Butterball partnered

through the 3rd Special Forces Group Support Battalion and Womack Army Medical Center

(WAMC) to provide 16 pound turkeys for the two commands.

“We have an appreciation for the Thanksgiving holiday and the troops who defend our

freedoms,” said Butterball Vice President of Human Resources Ron Tomaszewski. “I was out

here for last year’s turkey giveaway and I have been watching my calendar to make sure I was

out here for this years.”

Many of the junior Soldiers who have taken advantage of the giveaway in the past

volunteered to help hand out turkeys this year.

WAMC Ear, Nose and Throat Technician Spc. Lemmy Fojut helped to distribute 400

turkeys to Womack Soldiers and staff.

“I have a wife and two daughters and since I joined the Army, giveaways like this made

sure my family would have a Thanksgiving,” said Fojut. “I loved that I was able to give back

and help other Soldiers. It was very fulfilling.”

Before handing out turkeys to the Womack staff, Tomaszewski took a tour of WAMC

and served turkey to Soldiers during the medical center’s Thanksgiving celebration.

He was impressed with the sheer size of the Fort Bragg hospital and the dedication he

saw in everyone he saw working.

“You can tell the people here love what they do, you can see it all over the hospital,” said

Tomaszewski.

Even after the turkeys were all given away cars kept pulling up hoping to get a free bird.

“Don’t worry,” said Tomaszewski. “We’ll be back next year.”