USS Carl Vinson Sailors Assist Hampton Roads in Feeding the Hungry

Story Number: NNS080227-01Release Date: 2/27/2008 12:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Erks, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) offered a helping hand to local citizens Feb. 19, during a community relations project at the Doris Miller Community Center in Newport News.

Sailors from departments throughout the ship took part in the event dedicated to providing meals and clothing to those in need throughout the Hampton Roads area.

"I was driving around a while back and I just suddenly felt like I should stop and help out our citizens in need," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class(SW/AW) Willie Barnett, who came out to assist with the project. "It's very fulfilling to know that you are making a little bit of a difference in the community."

While the crew of USS Carl Vinson dedicates thousands of volunteer hours to projects in the local community year-round, the event was the first large-scale effort with the Doris Miller Community Center. The center's staff members said they were surprised by the large turnout of Carl Vinson personnel.

"We had a great turnout of volunteers today," said Karen Jefferson, the community relations projects president. "It's uplifting, because it really is a worthy cause."

The "Gold Eagle" community relations effort provided assistance for more than 100 local citizens, an event Jefferson said could not have happened without the help of Carl Vinson Sailors.

"All of the Sailors here have been very helpful today," said Jefferson. "They've volunteered their time to come out and help us, and they're so sincere about the cause."

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