Danedri Thompson
Spring Hill’s governing body, along with the local American Legion and auxiliary  hope to serve those who serve this holiday season.
The group hopes to provide Thanksgiving meals to families of military members serving overseas.
Jonathan Roberts, Spring Hill city administrator, said the families of military men and women serve, too.
“People send a lot of stuff overseas to soldiers who have been deployed,” Roberts said. “Nobody does a whole lot for the families here at home.”
The challenge, he said, has been identifying those families who have a service member overseas.
“These are incredibly hard names to get a hold of,” Roberts explained.
For privacy and safety reasons, the military doesn’t release that information. So, Spring Hill Mayor Steven Ellis is trying to reach those families through word-of-mouth, social media and a letter to area churches.
“I wanted to reach out to each of you and see if you might be willing to provide information to the city for such families who attend your church,” Ellis wrote in a letter to area churches.
The letter assures clergy members that names would be kept confidential, or, Ellis suggests that the meals could be delivered to the church for delivery to the families.
Glory Ann Pennington, an executive assistant to the Spring Hill mayor and city administrator, is spearheading the effort.
She said if there are already similar programs that offer appreciation to military families at home, the city would like to offer support to them, if that would be a better option.
Officials haven’t completely worked out the details, but Pennington said the idea is to supply groceries for a Thanksgiving dinner – a turkey and all of the fixings. At Christmas, they’d also like to offer a thanks to families who serve at home.
“It’s not that they are families in need,” she said. “It’s more of a show of support and appreciation.”
Anyone who knows of local family members of service members overseas can contact Spring Hill City Hall for more information. Glory can be reached at (913)592-3664.