PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Seventeen of USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) 65 Mustangs arrived at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Norfolk the morning of Nov. 28, volunteering their time for a good cause.
The Truman Mustangs (Mustangs are Navy officers who were promoted from the enlisted ranks) made and served breakfast to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
Lt. Cmdr. Gene Mincey, a Mustang volunteer and Truman's admin officer, said he felt a great sense of pride being able to give something back to the community.
"It's a great project. I think community service as a whole is something we can get more involved in. It's great to get the Truman name out there, all while doing a good deed for the community," Mincey said.
Chief Warrant Officer Carl Smith, Mustang Association secretary and Truman's communications officer, agreed.
"It makes me feel wonderful. I take great pride in being able to do something like this for the community," said Smith. "It's also great to let people know that the United States Navy is not only defending our country, but we are here at home supporting the people who support us. It makes me very proud."
This was Truman's Mustang Association's first community service project, and they have more planned for the future. According to the association's president, they plan to come back to the Ronald McDonald House in the future to help fix and remove some furniture and serve some more breakfasts.
"We're the leaders on the ship, and this really sets the tone for others to follow," Mincey said. "If they see us out here contributing, as busy as we are, it shows them that they can delegate some time to help out and volunteer in the community."
Worldwide, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
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