Metro Detroit mom's Christmas Tailgate plans on track for the 25th

Oakland Township family getting ready to pack up to bring Christmas to Fort Hood, Texas

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan mom's plans to bring Christmas dinner, stockings and gifts for 250 soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas is on track.

Oakland Township's Leanna Kavanagh told Local 4 she plans to hold a packing party Friday with firefighters, friends, neighbors and others pitching in to load a 14-foot truck and a second trailer.

Christmas Tailgate, as Kavanagh has called it, was approved by the Family Readiness Group at Fort Hood.

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Kavanagh and her husband, Gary, decided to cook for all of the men in their son Ryan Williams' unit. Williams is an Army sergeant at Fort Hood.

Kavanagh said thanks to the generous donations from the community she will end up with a total of 300 stockings; and each stocking will contain 26 items.

She is still looking for a few more gifts, but hopes to have 250 by the weekend.

Kavanagh said the No. 1 request from the soldiers was NERF items including NERF basketballs, footballs and NERF guns.  Functional gifts can include items they can use for their dorms including silverware, plates and toaster ovens.

The Kavanaghs will make the nearly 1,400-mile trip from Oakland Township to Fort Hood in time to serve dinner on Christmas Day.

The meal will include turkey and ham cooked on grills outside the barracks, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, yams, rolls and green bean casserole by request, according to the family.

If you are interested in helping the Kavanaghs with their Christmas Tailgate, you can email them:

You can also check out their Facebook page by clicking here.

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