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Danny Berg Christmas Memorial Dinner

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Folks at the Montana Air National Guard are up early today to start spreading the holiday cheer.

"Started about 5 o'clock this morning and I just have to really show my gratitude to Chief Leonard and Col. Hronek for such an organized staff. They are cooking 38 turkeys this year and what a project," says Wade Gehl.

Though Danny Berg has passed on, the Danny Berg Memorial Christmas Dinner, is a way for volunteers to continue the goodwill Berg started.

"We started it 21 years ago from donations he worked at the townhouse and he and all of his co-workers had the idea of putting on something like this for the community and that's how it all started," explains Gehl.

Several folks from the community have come out to help prepare this dinner including Wing Commander Col. Pete Hronek.

"It's the spirit of Christmas and so we enjoy doing it and were very fortunate military members in this town and community and so it's always great to give back because we are pretty fortunate in the jobs that we do," says Col. Hronek.

"We just had so many blessings in our family that I'm very fortunate to share some of that holiday spirit and Christmas with other people," says volunteer, Ruth Mortag.

After all of the turkey is carved and the stuffing is ready it will go into the fridge awaiting Christmas day when they will be delivered to all who need a little help this Christmas.

"We do have a lot of sponsors and I could start naming them but I would leave out a few and I don't want to do that. So but it's grown so tremendously each year and it's just wonderful to see we have a few more that came on board and extra drivers this year and I budgeted and planned for 600 meals so we've got plenty of food, and Christmas spirit for everybody," explains Gehl.

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