Marine takes care of service members and their families during the holidays

25 families helped by Marine Corps League

BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Each Christmas thousands of servicemen and women are unable to make it home for the holidays.  And back here at home some of their families struggle to make ends meet.

But then 7Everyday Hero Jeff Jessup steps-in. Jessup is a U.S. Marine who volunteers with the Marine Corps league.

"The Marine Corps League is a veterans organization for former, active duty and retired Marines," said Tom Krueger, Rocky Mountain Division Vice Chief, Marine Corps League.

The Frank J. Carroll detachment of the Marine Corps League has been focusing on helping families during the holidays for ten years.

Each year they collect food so area families can have not only a nice Christmas dinner, but a week's worth of food for their family.

"The people who are deployed leave their families and miss them every single day and sometimes times get rough. They're not paid like athletes so times get rough for these guys," said Jessup.

This year the league is helping more than 25 families.

"We don't limit it to the Marine Corps. We also take care of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, it doesn't really matter," said Jessup.

The Marine Corps League has been around since 1923. Locally, volunteers say when Jeff Jessup joined the effort things really shifted into high gear.

"Jeff has motivated us and re-energized us to do more," said Krueger.

The only pay the Marines get for their hours of hard work is the appreciation they receive when they deliver the food.  That reaction, they say, is priceless.

"It is just one of the best things, the best feelings I've ever had.  Walking up to a house, where a lady came out and as I am handing her a Christmas basket and a turkey and the whole bit, she started to cry," said Jessup.

"It is our duty as Americans, it's our duty as human beings to help each other," added Krueger.

To learn more about the Frank J. Carroll Marine Corps League and their efforts to help families and our troops year-round go to:  www.mcleaguecolorado.com

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