Richard Chum and 500 other war veterans gathered in Worchester, MA to recieve a free turkey and a shopping cart’s worth of Thanksgiving supplies as part of the Veteran Inc.’s annual food drive.
Service members that saw combat from every war from Korea to Afghanistan joined together at a building on 69 Grove St. in Worchester to meet other veterans and stock up on much needed “fixins.”
Veteran Inc. reportedly received more than 700 turkey donations from local residents. These were paired with thousands of pounds of potatoes, squash, canned goods, and onions and given away to the deserving veterans. Table Talk Pies also donated 68 cases of apple and pumpkin pies for any veteran with a craving to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Chum, like many other veterans, has family obligations to take care of and receiving this food provides much needed help. At 87 years old Chum is the caretaker for his 87, 90, and 93 year old siblings. When asked why they didn’t join him he jokingly responded:
“I’m still taking orders, that’s why I’m a private,”