NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Here at Golden Corral, about 25 airmen have gotten free meals throughout the day on Thanksgiving.
"It may just seem really small but it really shows that the community wants to take care of the airmen on base," says Lt. Amanda Porter, United States Air Force.
After the Air Force reached out to the community looking for someone to provide meals for airmen on Thanksgiving, Golden Corral answered, and on one of their busiest days of the year, they made room for 25 men and women spending the holiday away from home.
"This is what I signed up for so I'm happy to be here," said A1C Kalab Foster, United States Air Force.
Porter says, "It's hard to see on Facebook or Instagram photos of your friends together or your mom's favorite dish that she always makes and it does make you a little homesick but the people that you spend your time within the military they become your family too."
Just ask Golden Corral general manager and Marine Corps veteran James Staats who organized the event through the community council on base.
"I'd just like to be able to treat our soldiers the way that I would want to be treated when I was in the service or better than when I was in the service," said Staats.
"It's really good that they recognize the veterans. It's really good. It's a wonderful thing," said Curtis Mitchell, Marine Corps Veteran.
"I'm really thankful honestly. Because I didn't have any other plans aside from going to the dining facility," says Foster.
Porter adds, "To have such community support here at Little Rock it really is the best that I've been told across the Air Force and I look forward to continuing to work with the community council and all that they can do."