Rossville VFW to host free Christmas dinner for veterans

Husband and wife team, VFW members don't want to see fellow veterans alone on December 25

ROSSVILLE, Georgia (WDEF) — Christmas Day is almost here.

But sadly, not everyone will have a family to spend it with, including area veterans.

Fortunately, a local husband-wife team is determined to fix that.

While Christmas is often associated with family, some local veterans could be spending the day alone.

For Joy and Rodney Pfeifer of VFW 3679, it’s their mission to make sure they are anything but.

On 1 p.m. Christmas Day, a free meal will be offered at the VFW for all veterans and their families.

“The season’s about compassion,” Joy said. “God wants us to be compassionate to other people. To know that there [are] people out there, especially our veterans who have given everything for us and to know that they don’t have a place to be, anywhere to go, may not even have a meal on that day if it weren’t for us being here — it’s the biggest blessing.

It will be the VFW’s first Christmas dinner for veterans held since 2019, due to the pandemic.

Rodney once served as a Marine overseas in the Middle East, but now serves as the Rossville VFW’s Post Commander.

He says no one deserves to be alone on the holidays, especially America’s veterans.

“We have a guy right now that’s coming in — he’s had [a] bad time, divorced, has no family,” Rodney said. “Like he said, it’s nice to know that he has a place to go to at least be around people so he’s not alone. I know what that’s like being in Iraq a few times, a few Christmases … it’s not a good feeling.”

Joy says thanks to God and donations from area businesses, churches and community members, those in attendance will receive a full dinner, dessert, and perhaps most importantly — company on Christmas.

“In our eyes, you can never repay what they have given us,” Joy said. “They have fought for our freedom. So for us to be able to give back is just a small touch of what we need to be doing for them.”

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