Florida mom opens heart and home; makes Thanksgiving feast for Marines away from their homes

A Florida mom opened her home and her heart to local U.S. Marines Thursday, welcoming more than a dozen men and women and serving them a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.

Heidi Barfield’s son, Justin Hanes, said he wanted to make sure that the Marines who served with him at Naval Air Station Jacksonville who couldn’t make it home would have a place to enjoy the holiday.

And Barfield agreed.

“These young men and women have written a blank check to the United States of America for up to and including their life,” Barfield said, holding back tears. “And if it came to that, could we peel an extra potato or a 40-pound turkey? You bet.”

Barfield said local and out-of-state businesses donated gift cards, cash and food to help her prepare the home-cooked meal.

And the Marines were appreciative.

“It means the world to me,” one said. “We’re all family — that’s the thing about Marines.”

Samantha Manning from Jacksonville Action News reported:


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