Marines spend Thanksgiving with Wilmington families

While many people are spending Thanksgiving with their family, hundreds of Marines from Camp Lejeune are not.

With the help of Port City Java, nearly 200 Marines got on three buses from Camp Lejeune to spend the day with families in Wilmington. Tami Krupp and her family were just one of many families standing, panting, and waiting for the bus full of marines.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While many people are spending Thanksgiving with their family, hundreds of Marines from Camp Lejeune are not.

With the help of Port City Java, nearly 200 Marines got on three buses from Camp Lejeune to spend the day with families in Wilmington. Tami Krupp and her family were just one of many families standing, panting, and waiting for the bus full of marines.

Privates Austin McClure and David Carrea were about to get their assignments.

“Well, they told us we were getting off Base Liberty,” McClure said.

What they didn’t know was that they were about to be apart of a Thanksgiving tradition for the Krupps.

“I just thought it was a phenomenal thing to do, because these kids are just,” Krupp said. “I call them kids, because they’re right out of high school. I mean 18, 19 and they can’t go home.”

That’s why Krupp said they open their home and share their meal with Marines every year.

“It’s great to be in someone else’s house again and out of the barracks and out of the cold,” Carrea said.

Krupp said the beginning is always a little uncomfortable.

“Cause you don’t know them. They don’t know you,” Krupp said. “They are literally getting off a bus and getting in a car with someone they’ve never met before.”

That all changes after a day of talking, eating, and sharing stories.

“It’s very inspirational,” Krupp said.

Krupp said the marines do eventually have to get back on the buses, but she says the fun does not end there.

“Some people will have bags and bags of stuff,” Krupp said.

Krupp sends their Marines off with cookies, sandwiches, and pies. The day does end, but the “thanks” lasts forever.

“I was happy I was actually getting to have a Thanksgiving,” McClure said.

“I just really appreciate the opportunity to be fed a great meal and have someone to open the doors to me,” Carrea said.

Krupp said this is their way, their tradition of saying thanks to them.

“It just warms my heart,” Krupp said.

Organizers said they hope to add a fourth bus to the event next year to bring more marines home to more families.

Those interested in participating next year should contact Steve Schnitzler here: steve@portcityjava.com.

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