Nonprofit “Operation Homefront” help Ellsworth Air Force Base families for the holiday

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - They've traveled to more than 35 different places across the nation, but Thursday they made a stop in Rapid City for the first time.

That would be the non-profit organization "Operation Homefront."

They teamed up with our local Walmart and Pepsi vendors to provide Ellsworth Air Force Base families with take-home holiday meals.

They consist of nonperishable items like sweet potatoes and green beans.

Families were also given $25 gift certificates on a purchase of protein.

Operation Homefront volunteers feel it is necessary to focus on a specific group of active duty military members.

"It's especially important in this case because airmen basic through technical sergeant (E1–E6) are the lowest-paid military members, so the cost can be really stressful during the holiday season. So we do everything we can to lessen those costs and make it a good holiday season,” said Operation Homefront coordinator, Chelsea Rysavy.

There were 250 military families that went home with holiday meals.