81 families step up to host Marines at Thanksgiving

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Port City Java has enough families to host Marines for its second annual Make a Marine's Thanksgiving drive.

Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler says all 165 Marines from Camp Lejeune will have a family to spend the day with.

More than 81 families will participate this year. That's three times the number from last year. Schnitzler says he has had an overwhelming number of families calling in to volunteer, but no more are needed.

The Marines will be bussed down to Wilmington Thanksgiving morning.

Schnitzler hopes to make next year even bigger and even expand into Brunswick County. He also wants to thank everyone who has volunteered to open their homes this year.

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I disagree with this comment. I'm sure it is ok for our military
(strangers)to serve and protect us.Thank God we have (strangers) that are willing to protect us.As a mother of two, that has served our country I would have loved for this type of kindness to have been shown during the holidays. These are young men/women are far away from their family. Happy Thanksgiving to all that have opened your home up.

I think this is a great program. I think they come in two's for their safety ... I'm sure it would be a delightful experience for both the hosting family and the guest Marines.

I think if I were hosting a marine for Thanksgiving dinner in my house I would like to have a little background knowledge about my guest. A complete stranger for dinner could be a little, shall we say . . . awkward.

I remember when I was little, we were on our way to Whiteville to visit my grandparents. There was a soldier on the side of the road hitchhiking. Our car was already filled to capacity, but Daddy stopped and picked the soldier up anyway. This complete stranger was nice and polite and very grateful.

My mother has always been open to whatever "strays" we brought home for the holidays. Granted, these strays were friends or co-workers and not strangers, but it never mattered to her.