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RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- Taking the worry out of Christmas -- that is the intent of a program to help military families at Fort Knox truly enjoy Christmas without some of the holiday hassles.
The non-profit organization Operation Homefront on Friday, was handing out meals to be used for Christmas dinner at the Holiday Inn in Radcliff.
"Things are tight and with the whole military budget cuts, soldiers have to cut back, making Christmas extremely tight," says Chris Lynch, a soldier who was picking up his Christmas meal items.
He and his wife Christina don't have a lot of money to spend on Christmas. On a military paycheck it is difficult enough just to afford everyday necessities like keeping their son in clothes.
"We have a five year old son and he is growing and growing," says Christina.
Operation Homefront intends to supply 300 Fort Knox soldiers with a Christmas dinner that they can enjoy at home.
"It is one less thing we have to worry about," says Chris.
The program is for military families with low to mid-grade pay.
The kits that were being picked up on Friday include everything needed for a holiday meal, from turkey and gravy to cranberry sauce, stuffing, and vegetables.
"Holiday meals are very expensive and it just helps military families this time of year have one less thing to worry about," says Tamara Langley, the local coordinator for Operation Homefront.
Seventy volunteers pitched in helping families load up their cars to take home. One of the volunteers was Melissa Swift, a military wife herself, who is more than delighted to help.
"The soldiers are putting their lives on the line for us," she says, "and this is a small way to say thank-you and give back to them."
Events like the one in Radcliff are happening at 17 locations throughout the country, Operation Homefront hoping to help 5,000 military families.
Donors to the cause include locally based companies and their workers.
"Jim Beam helps across the United States with Operation Homefront," says volunteer and Jim Beam employee Deeann Hogan. "We help pack the meals, we donate money, we help pick some of the corporate sponsors."
More donors are need to help military families.
Next Wednesday it the kids' turn in Radcliff.
Five-hundred children will receive gifts from Operation Homefront, bringing the spirit of Christmas to them as well as to their parents.