Spread some holiday cheer to single service members by inviting them to your home to share in your family's Thanksgiving meal. This program matches single service members with host families in the area. The USO Dunkin' Donuts Adopt-A-Serviceperson program strives to provide a genuine family environment which the service members may be accustomed too. We place service members into your home for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, to enjoy a nice dinner in a family atmosphere. The day events may include: watching football games, parades, movies, outdoor activities-football, basketball, etc.
To ensure the military service members safety, we use the “Buddy System.” Individuals are adopted into the homes in groups of three or more. We do have a policy, however, that states “You sign, you dine.” If a service member signs up and finds that they have an emergency or does not want to participate, we ask that they find a replacement. Our families make extraordinary efforts to make this a special occasion while purchasing extra food and goodies to provide an excellent meal. Once the host families are contacted, they expect to have a service member in their home.
We do the adoption on Thanksgiving morning. Fort Lee works with us to provide AIT students who are the bulk of our military members. Our pick up point is from Ft. Lee.
We keep records on all families that sign-up to host and ask that you register . Please disregard any mention of purchasing tickets as this is entirely free. We maintain this list with addresses and contact numbers where all the service members will be for the day. Some families will pick up and then go to another location for dinner, like a parent’s home. All service members will share their meals in a home. The service members are later returned to their Units on Ft. Lee.
Commitment to the program and confirmation that the family will provide transportation is required.
Registration will begin on October 16th. All registrants after November 14th will be placed on the waiting list.
Must be within a 50-mile radius of Fort Lee.