A Home-cooked Thanksgiving for 15 Marines

A  home-cooked Thanksgiving for 15 Marines

Orange Park, Florida – Fifteen Marines stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving. But a Marine Mom couldn’t stand that they would not be home with family, so she made them part of hers.


Marines loading their plates at Thanksgiving – photo via Twitter @SamanthaANJax


Heidi Barfield greeted them all as they got off the bus on Thanksgiving Day. She and her husband Terrence opened their home to the Marines because they  didn’t want them to be alone on Thanksgiving.

Some of them had family thousands of miles away. Her son, Pfc Justin Hanes, is also a Marine who serves at the base with them.

Local businesses donated gift cards, cash, and 40 pounds of turkey. A local church loaned them a bus to bring the Marines to their home. But not everything was turkey, Heidi even made tamales for the Marines from Texas.

The blank check

“These young men and women have written a blank check to the United States of America for up to and including their life. If it came to, could we peel an extra potato or a 40-pound turkey, you bet.” Heidi Barfield

Samantha Manning from Action News in Jacksonville reported the story, and tweeted photos during the event.