The community comes together for soldiers and families.
Prior to deployment of the 138th Quartermaster the soldiers and families were treated to a special New Year's Day dinner.
"Sgt. Ames contacted me right before Christmas and said the government would only pay for the soldiers being deployed. But the soldiers wanted to have their families there for the meal," Mary Fisher, owner of Goodies Galore, told The Brazil Times. "I told him not to worry, that the community would take care of it."
With only $1,215, Fisher was planning a meal for over 500 people. She went in search of some help.
"I contacted all of the local grocery stores that I do business with, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Sam's Club, B&B Food Sale, Kroger, Aldi's and Pages," she said. "Even after five of them agreed to help me, I still wasn't sure if I would have enough food, so I went to Riddell National Bank."
Fisher said the bank agreed to pay for what groceries the stores or the government money wouldn't.
"I wanted to contact churches, the Veterans of Foreign War Post and different business and people in the city to help out, but there was simply no time," Fisher said. "Once I had the food paid, for I knew I was going to need more oven space. I simply don't have the room to cook for 500 people."
She contacted Pappy's Barbeque owner Rick Bell and asked him for his oven space.
"He made 500 servings of cheese potatoes," Fisher said. "Somehow word got around that we were doing all of this cooking for the soldiers and their families, the Pastor of North Union United Methodist Church owns a bakery in Terre Haute and he made forty-dozen dinner rolls."
The ladies from the church brought in different platters of desserts. Fisher called the women from her church, Grace Chapel, who helped to move all the food to the armory and stayed to serve drinks.
"It was truly an unbelievable experience to see everyone come together and work together," Fisher said. "I am emotionally and physically exhausted and I am honored that the soldiers have enough confidence in me to do this but to be honest if it wasn't for the community then it would never have gotten done."
She added that her lack of sleep the last couple of days is nothing compared to what the families of the deployed soldiers will be going through.
"I was happy to do this for them and their families," she said. "The soldiers sacrifices, along with those from their families, make them the real heroes."