ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Even though Thanksgiving is two days away, it doesn't mean we have to wait until then to say thank you.
Some people were off to an early start Tuesday morning in Escanaba showing their appreciation for our veterans.
"Thank you for your service and Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you, same to you, too,” said one of the Veterans’ Baskets organizers.
The Community Foundation and the Vet Center in Escanaba passed out about 80 baskets full of Thanksgiving items such as Cool Whip and ham to show their appreciation to our vets during this Thanksgiving holiday.
"It's a nice service that the community provides, and that they put together for the veterans,” said Wayne Fields, an Army Infantry Veteran.
Normally, Fields says he doesn't participate in these giveaways. But this year, it meant something different for Fields and his family.
"I lost my job due to low production in November,” explained Fields.
Fields says this is the last thing he expected. Yet, he's pushing through and thanking the community for having his back.
"It's a nice thing the community does for veterans, and other people, too, but anytime this helps, it does help people,” he said.
"As a veteran myself, it's really important to keep that in the lime light and to show our appreciation. It makes you feel really good to give people a hand during the holiday season,” said Veteran Center Outreach Specialist, Ken Mylam.
Mylam says this is especially important when veterans have given so much for the sake of our lives.
"We want to honor our area vets... they're the real heroes in this country. Sometimes they don't get the appreciation they really deserve, and this is just our small way of our Delta County Community Foundation to honor our local area vets,” said Community Foundation of Delta County Board Chair, Bob Van Damme.
Tuesday's event wouldn't have been possible without donor support, and the help of local American Legion chapters pointing out those veterans in need of food.
Fields and organizers encourage veterans and families in need to use these resources to their benefit.