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By Eric Heinz

About 800 dinners were served during the Nov. 21 Thanksgiving dinner giveaway at Camp Pendleton, which included a turkey and fixings. This meant almost 2,500 people on base were served, according to Courtney Sturniolo, a board member and communications director of the San Clemente Military Family Outreach.

Sturniolo said members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts and volunteers from St. Andrews by-the-Sea came to distribute the meals.

Turkey Giveaway at Camp Pendleton. Photo: Courtesy of Gina Prosper
Turkey Giveaway at Camp Pendleton. Photo: Courtesy of Gina Prosper

“This is one of the few instances where we only allow the enlisted corps, and for a percentage of them they’re living below the poverty line,” Sturniolo said. “It’s not really charity, but more of a ‘thank you.’ And we also want to thank families.”

Camp Pendleton and Military Family Outreach are working on a Christmas Thank a Military Family event. San Clemente families provide gifts for military families and people in need.

To find out more information about the Christmas toy drive, email

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