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Andrea Stalnik likes to rescue things – lizards, birds, and even people. Everyone is family.

“Everybody needs a home and everybody needs love,” she says.

When the USO asked her to host eight Fort Eustis soldiers this Thanksgiving – double what she signed up for – she didn’t hesitate to say yes, even if that meant another trip to the supermarket.

“I only have ten pounds of potatoes so I need another ten pound bag,” she told us.

Little did Andrea know, we did a little shopping for her.

Ham, potatoes, pumpkin pie, and anything else it takes to feed an Army – literally.

NewsChannel 3 picked up the $299 tab and presented Andrea with a $100 gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank, and an exclusive People Taking Action pin.

“Wow, that’s awesome! I was not expecting anything like that,” Andrea said.

It’s an unexpected gift for a woman who provides a feast for a group of soldiers who will walk into her home as strangers and leave as family.

“I don’t see it as giving back.  I just like to help people. I volunteer when I can. It means a lot to me for ya’ll to help out like this. It’s just awesome,” she says.

Andrea is participating in the USO’s Adopt-A-Serviceperson program. If you would like more info on it you can contact:
Danis Lensch
Family Outreach
They have enough families for Thanksgiving this year, but will be taking names for a waiting list.

1 Comment

  • Lark Stalnik

    Thanks so much for doing this story! That’s my mom, and she was so thrilled to have everyone do all these nice things for us! It’s going to be a great Thanksgiving thanks to you guys!

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