Coast Guard members serve their local communities

Sunday, December 31, 2017

This holiday season Coast Guard units throughout the service are giving back to the communities in which they serve. From Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire, here are a few examples.

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

“The crew of Tahoma was privileged with the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity several times during our in-port period this fall,” said Cmdr. Timothy Brown, Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma‘s commanding officer. “As part of a humanitarian organization, our crew members were happy to participate in a service opportunity to connect with disadvantaged members of our community. It was an enjoyable experience for all of us and we were fortunate to have a solid group of folks from the Southeastern New Hampshire Chapter of Humanity to direct our members and create a positive working atmosphere. We look forward to volunteering with them in the future to finish the current building project and contribute to others in the area as well.”

The crew has been working with Habitat for Humanity between October and December 2017 during their in-port periods. They plan to continue working with the community to finish building the home by May 2018.


 

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

From Coast Guard Heartland, U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Teams Dulac and Morgan City assisted with sorting food at the Dulac Community food bank in Dulac, Louisiana.

Marine Safety Detachment Peoria, Illinois, assisted with serving food at a Salvation Army Shelter in Peoria.

Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh members participated in Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children program over a three-day period by picking up gifts in multiple locations in western Pennsylvania and delivering them to the Salvation Army.

Last but not least, Coast Guard members and their families from Sector Houston-GalvestonU.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Marine Safety Unit Texas City, and Sector Field Office Galveston collected and distributed over 300 toys for children at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

U.S. Coast Guard photos.


 

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

U.S. Coast Guard photos.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Zanoni volunteers his time to Seed Faith Food Bank in Gypsum, Ohio. He has provided more than 1,200 hours of service to the food bank replacing floor joists, installing new floors at the facility and more.

Seed Faith Food Bank is a faith-based food pantry that serves more than 800 people each month. Children, elderly and veterans make up the largest numbers of those the pantry serves.


 

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Members from U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, volunteered with the Salvation Army preparing boxes of food and toys for the holiday season at the Sallie House in St. Petersburg.

Sallie House is a safe haven for children, infant to 17 years of age, who have been removed from their home because of abuse or, neglect or – even abandonment. Children may stay there as long as needed – for a few hours or several months – until they can be safely reunited with parents, placed with relatives, taken into foster home, or adopted by a loving family.

 


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