Residents and Staff Raise Thousands to Host a Party for Local Enlisted Military Families.
LEMON GROVE, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2013) — More than 400 local enlisted military and their family members will be attendance at the 7th Annual Christmas Dinner on Sat., Dec. 14. The family holiday dinner will be held at Monte Vista Village, a senior living community in Lemon Grove.
Staff and residents have raised $6,000 so far for the event towards their $10,000 goal. The event will include dinner, a visit from Santa Claus and opportunity to take pictures with him at no charge, and a gift card for every family. The Armed Services YMCA San Diego partnered with Monte Vista in hosting the event. Fundraising efforts started early this year to make the event possible.
“Military life has many challenges including prolonged and frequent deployments, relocation and family separation,” said Paul Steffens, Armed Services YMCA San Diego executive director. “The Monte Vista Village Christmas Dinner offers a wonderful bonding opportunity that strengthens families, creates lasting memories, and helps ease the burdens of these challenges. We’d like to thank Monte Vista for their generous support of military families and for giving them an opportunity to relax at a fun-filled event,” added Steffens.
“This annual event is important to the military residents in our community and their families,” said Maria Shetler, executive director, Monte Vista Village. “They are often pressed to make ends meet and this event is a great way for us to be able to give back to them for everything they do for our country. This year is especially tight due to the government shut down and military families only getting base pay and not the extras.”