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Holiday cheer for military reservists, families

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- The last thing military families should have to worry about is putting food on the table this holiday season.  Some local groups are spreading holiday cheer to military reservists and their families.

The Marks Feed Store on Shelbyville Road in Middletown is one of several locations where people are being asked to come in and drop off non-perishable food items to help military families.

Peter Hayes, the Vice President of Service for Peace, tells Fox 41's Stephan Johnson, "After talking to the Army and Air Force reservists, they mentioned that it was a great need."

It is all part of the Christmas angel program put on by the Service for Peace.  This year, Mark's Feed Store, Outback Steak House, and Louisville Fire & Rescue are all involved.

So far, fifty military families have been given Christmas baskets, but there are so many more in need.

Hayes says, "We found there's a great need because a lot of the families that are going overseas and then they come back, and because of the economy, their jobs aren't there, especially the last two years, and it creates an additional stress."

Mary Stebbins, Operations Manager of Mark's Feed Store, says, "We know that when they come back there's so much need with the troops."

Donations can be made at any Marks Feed Store, Outback, or Louisville Fire & Rescue station.  The effort runs through December 31st.

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