Keizer family helps out Wounded Warriors

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was supposed to be a small gathering. But to Keizer’s Noel MacDonald, it morphed into a real-life Bible story. Noel said it all started with a simple request from son-in-law Michael Dayton, concerning her husband Dan and his Traeger grill. The couple’s youngest daughter, 2001 McNary High School grad Aleah, is Michael’s wife. They live in Washington and Michael is in the U.S. Navy. “This got started a couple of months ago,” Noel said. “Mike asked if he could bring down the archery team from Wounded Warriors for Dan’s Traeger ribs. It was going to be a small gathering for six people at our home.” That planned small gathering grew into a rib feast for nearly 100 people Aug. 4 at the American Legion Post 104 in Aloha. Members of Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor were in the area for the week, training at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton to prepare for the 2014 Warrior Games, which take place Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colo. “It was incredible,” Noel said of last week’s event. “It was totally a God thing where everything came together. We ended up smoking 36 racks of ribs total. There were a number of people from Keizer involved.” Most importantly, that included neighbors of the MacDonalds who offered freezer space for the ribs. Oldest daughter Cara...

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