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The Mountaineer Online

BOSS program offers ‘home away from home’ during holidays

Michelle Kennedy

Staff Writer

For many single Soldiers, the holidays can be a tough time. Fort Drum’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers offers events throughout the holiday season for those who are unable to visit Family.
From Thanksgiving feasts to holiday festivities to ringing in the new year, BOSS helps to ensure single Soldiers have a “home away from home,” according to Michelle Roden, BOSS senior program adviser.
“The BOSS Center offers a fun, comfortable and relaxing place for Soldiers to spend their time,” she said. “It’s good to get them out of the barracks, especially during the holidays. They’re away from their Families, and that’s hard during the holidays.”
“It’s good to be with people who are going through the same thing and can relate,” Roden added. “It’s an awesome way to meet new people.”
Last month, more than 70 Soldiers braved the cold and snow to come out to the organization’s annual Thanksgiving, complete with seven turkeys, five hams, traditional side dishes and desserts.
“Everyone had a great time. It was a huge success,” Roden said. “We had some amazing volunteers too. It was definitely a success.”
After dinner, Soldiers relaxed around big-screen TVs watching football, playing video games or enjoying a movie.
Throughout the month of December, BOSS staff and volunteers have offered several events to keep single Soldiers busy, Roden said.
BOSS volunteers assisted with the annual Trees for Troops by unloading fresh-cut trees for distribution to Fort Drum Soldiers and Families. The organization also helped with the BOSS Invades Atkins competition at Atkins Functional Fitness Facility on Thursday.
The big event this month will be BOSS’s two-day Home for the Holidays celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25 at the Nash Boulevard BOSS Center. Pizza and snacks will be served at 3 p.m. Dec. 24. A traditional holiday meal will be served at 3 p.m. Dec. 25.
Soldiers will be welcome to use the game room, cyber café, pool tables and other features on both days.
On Dec. 31, BOSS will take over the Fort Drum Bowling Center for the New Year’s Eve all-night bowling event from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A shuttle service will be available transport Soldiers to and from the barracks.
For more information about any of BOSS’s upcoming events, call 772-7807.

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