My name is ... Stacey James

Many help provide turkeys for soldiers

Posted 11/27/18

About me I've lived in Parker for 24 years. I grew up on military bases all over the country. Both of my parents, my mom and my dad, were in the Army. They both served 20 years. They were in Desert …

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My name is ... Stacey James

Many help provide turkeys for soldiers

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About me

I've lived in Parker for 24 years. I grew up on military bases all over the country. Both of my parents, my mom and my dad, were in the Army. They both served 20 years. They were in Desert Storm, and now they're retired. I have a love for the military. A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to help Warriors Warehouse, the food bank down in Fort Carson, and it was phenomenal. We collected more than 300 turkeys and the town of Parker really got involved with it.

How I started collected turkeys for active-duty military

This year, I called down to Warriors Warehouse to see if there was a need. The woman said “We need about 250 turkeys, but we'll take whatever you can give us.” I knew we had done 300 before, so I said “I'll do all 250.” I went to work and started contacting many businesses, different organizations. I partnered with Rob Nelson, and he started doing a lot of advertising for it. I owe a lot of the advertising to him. We had no idea how many turkeys we were going to have, but people started dropping off turkeys like crazy on Nov. 13. The next day we drove them down to Fort Carson.

What inspires me to do this year after year

I really enjoy my freedoms, and it sounds silly because all of us enjoy our freedoms, but a lot of us take it for granted. What it means is I'm giving back to those that gave their lives, and that might sound cliché, but it's absolutely true. And it means so much to me to give something back. It breaks my heart that those that are out fighting, that just came back from Afghanistan, may not be able to afford to have Thanksgiving dinner. To be able to give that — I wish I could just give them a hug with it. I truly, truly am really grateful. It means everything to me. I have a love for our country and a love for the soldiers who fight for us.

The best thing about ths holiday season is ...

It's a time of year where people are more giving than any other time. People are giving, and people are kinder. I like how the whole world changes, the whole community changes. I love going out and having people say “Merry Christmas.” That spirit of giving and that spirit of kindness is what I love about the holiday season.

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