CSL Comalapa, VP-8 Sailors Raise Funds for Children's Home

Story Number: NNS140415-02Release Date: 4/15/2014 6:21:00 AM
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By Gunner's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Camille Perez, Cooperative Security Location Comalapa

COMALAPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- Sailors from Cooperative Security Location Comalapa and Patrol Squadron 8 concluded two weeks of raising money for a local children's home April 10 with an unusual activity: washing a P-3 Orion aircraft on the flightline here.

The participants raised more than $1,100 for an Easter meal and Easter egg hunt that will be held this week at the Love and Hope Children's Home in San Salvador. Money not spent on the celebration will be used to enhance the home.

Sailors from the two commands paid $1 per vote for peers to wash the aircraft, and every Sailor for whom votes were cast had the opportunity to buy him- or herself out.

In the end, the top 10 vote-getters were selected to assist the VP-8 maintenance department in washing the aircraft.

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Leslie Callejas was one of those selected to wash the plane.

Raising money for the children's home made her proud to be part of the CSL Comalapa-VP 8 team, Callejas said.

"I look forward to providing a fun Easter celebration for the children, but also to future events that will enhance quality of life for this group," she said.

CSL Comalapa's plane-washers included Callejas, Chief Yeoman Joel De Los Santos, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Isidro Avalos, Master-at-Arms 1st Class Henry Ridgeway and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Kenisha Dickson.

They were joined by five Sailors from VP-8: Lt. j.g. Paxie Cordova, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Jorge Soldevilla, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class William Meyers, Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Michael Jones, and Information Systems Technician Seamen Thomas Steransky.

Avalos was glad to be given the opportunity to help, saying, "A little hard work for a good cause can go a long way."

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