Nearly 400 years ago some brave souls set out on a rickety ship called the Mayflower, crossing "the pond" in search of a new life in America.  Somehow their brave voyage, and their thankfulness to establish the first lasting colony in the New World connected this voyage with our observance of Thanksgiving. 
 
Today, some brave souls have "borrowed" the Thanksgiving tradition along with the Mayflower voyage and the Pilgrims' determination, to connect it all together to create a food and fundrasing event called Fill the Mayflower.  This is all in the spirit of being thankful that we live in America and enjoy freedom -and we give thanks to our military and their families who sacrifice to protect that freedom.
 
This Mayflower probably won't float - and is donated graciously by Buehler Mayflower each year.  Homefront Heroes "pilgrims" man (and woman) the ship, working to fill it up with non-perishable food stuffs, and gather cash donations, all to ensure our military neighbors in the Denver metro area can enjoy a happy Thanksgiving and Blessed Christmas, no matter how the economic winds blow.
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