Recruits celebrate Thanksgiving with community members

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Local community members participating in Operation Fireside are scheduled to pick up 452 recruits here at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Thursday at 9 a.m., to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Since 1981, the Cape May County Chapter of the American Red Cross has sponsored Operation Fireside with Training Center Cape May. This community relations event is a way for local community members and military families to host recruits in their home on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Recruits in training weeks three through eight are eligible to participate in Operation Fireside. If possible, the training center staff tries to graduate the week eight company early so they can spend the holidays with their families.

Anyone interested in participating in Operation Fireside for Christmas should contact the Cape May County American Red Cross Chapter at (609) 465-7382.

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