Veterans Christmas Dinner 2023

Esther Aar

On Dec. 18, the residents of Robson Ranch partnered with the congregation of Pinal County Cowboy Church to sponsor a Christmas dinner for the Eloy Veterans Center. The outpouring of food, Christmas treats, socks, and cash donations was overwhelming. Christmas dinner was a feast of roast turkey and baked ham with tables of potato dishes, vegetables, and salads. The dessert table was filled with a variety of mouth-watering pies, cakes, and Christmas treats.

The event opened with a color guard from the Eloy Veterans Center presenting the colors, followed by the guests singing God Bless America. Members of the Robson Ranch Singers led the guests in a Christmas carol singalong and provided piano and vocal solos for dinner background music. A huge thank you to the Robson Ranch Singers who made the evening special with their beautiful music! Each guest received a package of new socks, a bag of Christmas treats to take home, a veteran hat pin, and a small gift. Pinal County Cowboy Church provided New Testaments for each guest as well. For many of these veterans, this is their only Christmas, so the goal is to make it bigger and better each year.

We always hope for a lot of leftovers, and we certainly had that this year. The extra food and treats were sent home in takeout containers to provide a meal for the next day.

None of this would be possible without the contributions from the community. A special thank you to the Vagabonds RV Club and the Adopt a Hole group, along with the congregation of Pinal County Cowboy Church. You will never know how much your generosity was appreciated!