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Veterans get Thanksgiving meal

November 25, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Disabled American Veterans, Youngstown Chapter 2, based in Austintown, passed out 160 Rulli Brothers gift certificates to local veterans to provide for a Thanksgiving dinner. The certificates were passed out on Nov. 21.

"The funds to do this came in from private donations," said DAV Chapter 2 retired chaplain Dale Baringer. "We had enough to provide 160 Rulli Brothers $40 gift certificates. Rulli has always been good to us."

He said the $40 amount was what the DAV came up with after a survey of how much it took to put the average Thanksgiving meal together. The idea was to let the veteran decide what kind of meal he or she wanted.

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Retired U.S. Army Ranger Scott North, who was part of the “Old Guard” in Washington D.C., stopped by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2 office in Austintown last week to pick up a Rulli Brothers $40 gift certificate to provide for a Thanksgiving Day meal. Seated are DAV treasurer Edie Williams, retired chaplain Dale Baringer, and support volunteers Mary Lariccia and Maggy Lorenzi from Four Seasons Market.

All the veterans had to do was show up with their military identification or proof of service to claim one of the certificates. Members of every branch of service showed up and spent some time talking about their service to members of the DAV and support volunteers.

For retired U.S. Army Ranger Scott North, the certificate meant a lot.

"This means a nice, good, hot meal on the table," North said.

Those who showed up for the gift certificates that day got another special treat. Maggy Lorenzi from Four Seasons Flea Market brought in several trays of fresh baked pastries to share with the veterans.

"One of our vendors wanted to donate fresh baked rolls and donuts," Lorenzi said.

Baringer said he always appreciates the Mahoning Valley and the people who support its veterans.

 
 

 

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