Doing Good - Home For Dinner

Doing Good - Home For Dinner

Home For Dinner is a service-based nonprofit that was set up to say thanks to military veterans living in Benton County by providing them with the gift of a nice meal.

It was an idea to help veterans inspired by Beth Hickman after couple of visits.

First, to her own father who was a military veteran just before he passed and several other veterans while she volunteered at the local VA.

Beth Hickman, Home For Dinner Founder, "The more I listened to their story, the more I wanted to do something to make a small difference to say thank you."

For nearly 2 years now, the service-based nonprofit Home for Dinner has helped veterans by providing $50 gift cards to service men and woman to partnering restaurants.

Hickman said, "The first gift card was giving out in November and since that time we've helped 430 vets here in Benton County."

The nonprofit has a goal of serving 500 military veterans this year.

All veterans have to do is drop by one of the nonprofit 2 locations with their drivers license and a few forms of ID, including their military identification for the one-time gift card.

"A vet will come in and say oh this is so wonderful it's my anniversary or I couldn't have done this any other way," said Hickman.

For Beth, the appreciation shown by veterans make it all worth while.

And she hopes serves as an inspiration to others.

Hickman said, "Such a blessing to give back to them when they have given us so much. We can make a difference in a big way one person at a time."

Learn more, contact Home for Dinner or Donate.

Originally reported on September 9, 2013

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