The invitation to the Christmas gathering hosted by Steve and Donna Stilts did something not normally found on polite party invitations.
It asked for gifts.
Don’t think the Stilts’ have turned Scroogish. The gifts were not for them. The invitation asked guests to bring an item to be packed up and shipped to U.S. servicemen who would not be home for Christmas.
Approximately 100 folks gathered at Waterfront Bar & Grill on Dec. 14 for the party, as they have every Christmas for the past 10 years. While spending time enjoying the party, they also contributed gifts “for our heroes fighting for us in Iraq,” said Steve Stilts. “This is to show appreciation to them and their families for the sacrifices they have made for us to be able to enjoy our freedom. Hopefully they will be home with their loved ones next Christmas.”
Alan Webster, U.S. Marine Corp., was on hand to help with the effort. Alan attended South Doyle High School in Knoxville, and he served his country as a Marine. Webster was shot in the leg last year while on duty in Fallujah, Iraq. “This year he has recovered,” said Stilts, “and he is glad to be back home with his family.”