Texoma family welcomes airmen into their home

Texoma family welcomes airmen into their home

BURKBURNETT, TX (KAUZ) - Thanksgiving is about family, football and food.
Every year many airmen at Sheppard Air Force Base have to spend the holidays alone; enter Operation Thanksgiving.
    "I know how I would feel if it was my son or my husband that was not able to be with us during thanksgiving," Jennifer Cooper, a family member said. "I would want them to have a special thanksgiving also."
    "It is nice to be able to share our home with others," Brenda Sheppard, a family member said.
The program allows airmen to get a home cooked meal with a Texoma family.
    "I have built a family out of military because of family lineage," Frank Newman, a SAFB Airman said. "But outside of that, I'm not very social. So getting to be out here and meeting people, it's a great feeling."
For another airman, thanksgiving has a special meaning.
    "Thanksgiving back home is a pretty big deal getting together with friends and family," Jillian Dixon, a SAFB Airman said. "Not just the related family, but the whole family, friends included. So I think that this opportunity is going to make me miss home a little bit more and a little bit less at the same time."
The Shepard family is happy they made a thanksgiving special for two airmen.
Both airmen said that if it were not for the Shepard's, they don't know what they would have done for thanksgiving. 
They are very grateful for the hospitality.
When both airmen were asked what they were most looking forward to, they said finally having a home cooked meal.
The Shepard family encourages people to sign up next year.

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