Va. Sports Car Enthusiasts Bring Holiday Spirit to Truman Sailor

Story Number: NNS111222-02Release Date: 12/22/2011 5:35:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Thomas Miller, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Southeastern Virginia Mustang Club Association (SEVMCA), comprised of Ford Mustang owners, sponsored a USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailor and his family for the holiday season Dec. 16.

SEVMCA surprised Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Ruben Torres, a member of Truman's engineering department, by parking ten Ford Mustangs in front of his home, the trunks full of gifts.

Torres and his wife have a two-year-old son and a five-week-old son.

"I'd never heard of the SEVMCA before. My wife and I were confused at first, and people kept coming into the house," said Torres. "It was a crazy experience. I am still in awe."

The Torres family received more than $1,000 in diapers, baby wipes, games and children's books, and $650 in gift cards to the Navy Exchange, commissary, and local home and grocery stores.

"The SEVMCA has many members who are military, enlisted and officer. Everyone involved went out of their way to help the Torres family," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alex Hile, assigned to Truman and a new member of SEVMCA.

SEVMCA chooses a Hampton Roads family during each year's holiday season, providing them with groceries, gift cards, and items that cater to the family's needs, said Hile.

"The Mustang club just wanted to put a smile on someone's face, and the Truman was part of that this year," said Hile. "I contacted the command master chief, and a week later the chief's mess had a name of a deserving Sailor."

The gifts will save the family $460 in diapers and wipes, allowing Torres and his wife to worry less about money and focus on both of their sons' growth and development, said Torres.

"We have so many diapers, so we won't have to buy them for a while," said Torres. "Having a family, this definitely feels like a real Christmas. It makes me feel like I'm a kid again. My wife and I are so excited to open the SEVMCA gifts with our sons on Christmas day."

Truman is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va., to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is expected to return to the fleet in the summer of 2012.

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