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A call for volunteers

BUDA — The Buda American Legion has issued a call more volunteers and support for its annual Armistice Supper scheduled for Nov. 2.

“We need help from local residents in various capacities,” said Muriel Benson, Buda American Legion Veteran’s Supper coordinator, adding the event is shorthanded on volunteers to cook and serve the night of the dinner. “We’re anxious because we’re getting so close to the supper.

“We are also in dire need of younger volunteers to help carry on the tradition,” Benson said. “The supper is a great opportunity for them to thank our vets and also help the community. I wish every youth could make the dinner one of their traditional ways to celebrate Thanksgiving.”

Benson noted the current age of most of our volunteers is around 50.

“We have to keep volunteerism alive especially among our youth,” Benson said. “Small communities can’t survive without all of our hands working together, especially strong ones. Turkeys are heavy in older hands.”

Benson said the event needs a lot of helping hands because the turn out can be large. She said 250-plus veterans and locals were served at the dinner last year.

Benson said that she started volunteering for the supper five years ago.

“I wanted to do something to help our vets, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Veterans from other wars in their 80s and 90 also attend the event.

“It usually takes a couple hundred dollars to buy the turkeys and other food, so monetary donations are greatly appreciated,” Benson said. “We also need donations of baked goods.”

For example, the supper typically goes through 50 pies.

“We always need two or three cakes too for those not enamored with the traditional apple and pumpkin pies,” Benson said.

A volunteer sign-up sheet is posted at Casey’s and the Buda Post Office. Everyone is encouraged to use the sign-up sheet.

“With the advent of cell phones, contacting everyone via phone has become nearly impossible,” Benson said.

The supper begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. It will be an all-American Thanksgiving dinner with traditional turkey, stuffing and homemade pies topping the menu.

The supper is open to everyone, but all veterans eat free. The cost is $6 or adults, $4 for children, and 3 year olds and under eat free.

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