Christine and Michael Gain and their son Michael Jr. of North Wildwood, get assigned coast guard recruits at Training Center Cape May, by Donna Croskey of the Red Cross, to take back to their home for Thanksgiving. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center might be away from home for the first Thanksgiving of their lives. But thanks to local families, they will not have to spend the holiday alone. Operation Fireside is a traditional partnership between the Coast Guard and the community where training center recruits can spend the holiday with a host family, watching football, eating a home-cooked meal and relaxing. Thursday Nov. 22, 2012. (Dale Gerhard/Press of Atlantic City)

Dale Gerhard