Families join service members for Thanksgiving meal at NSN

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Dozens of Sailors and Marines shared dinner with their families at Naval Station Norfolk this Thanksgiving. SC Johnson and the U.S. Navy Mid-Atlantic region’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) made it possible. They flew in more than 200 family members from across the country.

“I think it’s honestly just being able to fellowship with who you love. I think that’s the heart of Thanksgiving, and just being thankful for the little things in life,” said PFC Austin Doucet, whose family was there from Louisiana.

“If I talk a lot about it, I’ll cry because we just feel very blessed that SC Johnson would do something like this,” said Doucet’s mother Jennifer.

It meant MM3 Shane Pufall didn’t have to spend another meal apart from his family.Families join service members for Thanksgiving meal at NSN

“The last time we had a Thanksgiving meal together must have been two years ago…I feel great. A lot of gratitude. Really grateful right now for everything that’s going on,” he said.

“The fact that they’ve spent boot camp and now they’re here at Naval Station Norfolk and were not going to be able to see their families otherwise, is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It’s fantastic,” said Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer, Capt. Doug Beaver.

Fisk Johnson, CEO of SC Johnson, called it a small token of gratitude for the service members’ sacrifice.

“Families are incredibly important to all of us and we couldn’t think of a better way to give back than to reunite families for the holiday,” Johnson said.

On Wednesday night the rock band Train performed a concert for the service members and their families. The Sailors and Marines were chosen by their commands to be part of the events.

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