Nearly 300 veterans and their families to receive free Thanksgiving meals

Nearly 300 veterans and their families to receive free Thanksgiving meals

BRAINTREE, Mass. — For many across the country and American expats all around the world, Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends.

Most families worry about what dishes to cook, which outfits to wear and whose house will host the big event, but many struggle to put food on the table on a daily basis - let alone on such a big holiday.

"There are many veterans as well as their military families who are living very low incomes and being able to splurge on a Thanksgiving meal is really hard on the pocketbook," said Carlos' Arredondo's wife.

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With that in mind, the Arredondo Family Fund partnered with Herb Chambers Ford in Braintree to provide complete Thanksgiving dinners for nearly 300 veterans and their families.

"Well it makes me feel great," said Herb Chambers. "Because we're helping people that probably need some kind of help. I'm a veteran myself and I've been blessed to not have some of the challenges that they have."

Veterans are not only susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, but are also at risk for homelessness and substance abuse.

"We work on suicide prevention primarily at the foundation," said Arredondo's wife.

Chambers first became aware of Carlos Arredondo and his foundation's work at the 2013 Boston Marathon after seeing him helping injured people after the bombings.

For the Thanksgiving dinner drive, Chambers donated space at his Braintree Ford dealership as well as turkeys.

After Carlos' son took his own life, the Arredondo Foundation was established to focus primarily on suicide prevention.

Many, including Chambers, remember Carlos for his heroic actions back in the 2013 marathon.

"And he was the most remarkable individual that was there helping people," said Chmabers.