PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Mustang Association will be donating approximately 120 coats to the WAVY TV 10's "Coats for Kids" drive on Dec. 23. The Association held their own drive Dec. 7 through 13, while at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.
According to Chief Warrant Officer Carl Smith, Mustang Association member, the drive was a success even though it ended early due to the ship's schedule.
The association started the drive after Chief Engineering Officer, Cmdr. Michael Kinsey, Mustang Association member, approached them with the idea of getting the Truman involved in collecting coats.
Once the announcement for the drive was made, members of the Mustang Association dedicated themselves to the project. They placed boxes on the quarterdeck where Sailors could drop of coats and members volunteered to stand near the shipyard's Gate 15 at 5 a.m. to be ready to accept donations.
"We spent time, especially at five o'clock in the morning, [collecting] coats for kids in the shipyard," said Smith. "We had shipyard workers and Truman Sailors donate coats."
The coats will be laundered by Albano Cleaners, and turned over to WAVY TV 10, who will then give them to those who need warmth in the Hampton roads area.
The Mustang Association, a group of approximately 60 officers promoted from the ranks of enlisted, is no stranger to the community. In November, the association helped prepare and serve breakfast for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Smith, on behalf of the association enthusiastically advised the crew to be ready to participate in future community services events.
As the Truman gets ready to head back out to sea, helping out the community seems like the last thing on Sailor's minds as they focus on getting battle-ready. However, the Mustang Association said they will make sure that if the situation presents itself, a helping hand will be available to lend a little assistance to those in need.
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