COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Our Wear Red Friday Hero is actually plural, heroes. I had the opportunity to meet the volunteers behind the scene who get all that food together for the Salvation Army dinners on Thanksgiving.
Fort Carson is the epicenter of the good home cooking. 28 people on post volunteer to be part of this group bringing smiles to others. This has been going on for nearly 25 years.
Private Michelle Rivera just epitomizes the feeling of helping others among this group. She told me, "I wasn't able to be home so I could at least help someone else celebrate and be happy."
Private Rivera is no stranger to helping others. At age 13, in her hometown of Fort Myers, Florida she volunteered at a soup kitchen. She said one of her fondest memories of that volunteer spirit was, "Just the little kids. I like and really enjoy little kids. Just to see them getting to eat and stuff their faces. It was cute and I really liked it."
Private Rivera is among the group of 28 volunteers who made smiles happen on thousands in the Pikes Peak Region this Thanksgiving holiday. That's why this special group of military supporting our community is our Wear Red Friday Heroes.
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