FAIRMONT - The second annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Christmas Dinner in Fairmont on Sunday will take a different tone this year for services members and their families.
"What will be the unique thing about the day's event, is that all the guys will be here for drill weekend," said Beyond the Yellow Ribbon coordinator Tam Plumhoff. "They'll break at 11 a.m. and help with the setup."
Toys for the event have also been donated through the Dollar Tree, along with Walmart and Target.
JUST?LIKE?SANTA?—?Tam Plumhoff watches as Staff Sgt. Jason Mix unpacks some toys donated to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Christmas dinner being held Sunday at the National Guard Armory in Fairmont.
"They donate to us and to the Family Assistance Centers," said Staff Sgt. Jason Mix, who acts as a liaison with the Yellow Ribbon Foundation.
He said that this year there were so many donations some may be split between Worthington and Luverne.
"It's the customers that do these donations," Plumhoff said. "People are so caring and wanting to give donations this time of year. And this is what those donations go towards."
While many local members of the National Guard are home for the holidays this year, there are still some families that have a loved one deployed.
"There are nine in our local area that are still deployed," Plumhoff said. "This helps fill that gap; it gives them something to look forward to, and to be with people who know exactly what they are going through."
Donations to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Foundation are accepted year-round and can be mailed to: P.O. Box 652, Fairmont, MN 56031.
Military families with members currently serving can RSVP for the dinner by e-mailing Plumhoff at: