Home for the holidays: Volunteers feed thousands of soldiers at Charlotte Douglas

Thousands of soldiers fed by volunteers as they head home for the holidays at Charlotte Douglas.

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Thousands of soldiers fed by volunteers as they head home for the holidays at Charlotte Douglas.

As Charlotte Douglas International Airport dealt with the busiest travel day of the holiday season, thousands of soldiers were also passing through the Queen City as they made their way home for the holiday.

Thousands of soldiers from Fort Jackson in South Carolina were at the airport Thursday morning, many having just finished basic training.

But, dozens of volunteers were on hand to make the trip a little easier -- and tastier.

WSOC spoke with soldiers from all over -- Maryland, Idaho, Hawaii -- many of them returning to their families after completing 10 weeks of basic training.

Most of them have been up for 24 hours in order to catch their flights and were greeted with gift bags with items like blankets and snacks to make their flight more comfortable.

The soldiers were also treated to a big breakfast, complete with Bojangles and Panera.

The airport planned to feed 4,500 soldiers.

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