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Wives, single Marines spread Christmas cheer

By Marti Gatlin, Public Affairs Specialist | | December 2, 2010

Hoping to provide Christmas cheer this year for unmarried members, Enlisted and Officers’ wives clubs and Single Marine Program members are sponsoring their second Christmas dinner and fellowship Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chapel Annex.

A buffet-style dinner of turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and several types of desserts will be prepared by wives clubs’ members, according to Marcus White, Family Readiness Officer, here.

Also featuring Christmas music and door prizes, single service members may attend in casual attire.

Reservations are not required and attendees can just show up.

The Marine Corps Exchange and the Single Marine Program are donating the prizes and the wives’ clubs are donating and preparing all the food, White said.

“This whole event is sponsored by the Enlisted Wives Club, the Officers’ Wives Club and the Single Marine Program,” White said.

A lot of unmarried service members here find themselves without anywhere to go or families to be with during the holidays, which is the reason for the dinner, he added.

“We want them have somewhere to plug in and have a sense of family around them,” White said.

He thinks the Christmas dinner and fellowship is a good idea because it makes the unmarried Marines feel good that someone cares about their well-being.

“When Marines feel happy and supported, they are ready for any task,” White said. “There are a lot of issues that escalate during the holidays such as suicide and depression because the Marines are away from their families. This whole event (is) aimed at moral support and encouragement - giving a safe place to be with fellow comrades enjoying good food and fellowship.”

According to Cindy Garansuay, president, Enlisted Wives’ Club, and event coordinator, the dinner and fellowship is an early Christmas for the unmarried service members.

“This is something that has always been in our hearts,” she said. “We want to do something nice for them because they are serving our nation.”

For more information about the dinner, call Garansuay at (210) 313-5596.