USS BONHOMME RICHARD (NNS) -- The Blue/Green Tsunami Relief Fund Drive kicked off Jan. 4 aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
The Blue/Green Tsunami Relief Fund Drive is a way for Sailors and embarked Marines to contribute money that will directly help tsunami victims.
The fund drive was coordinated by the ship's executive officer and command chaplain staff. The money will be donated to tsunami victims through a charity to be determined later, according to Religious Program Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Janaee Stone from Rock Springs, Wyo., a relief fund coordinator.
"The crew expressed interest in helping out the victims of the tsunami," said Capt. Steve Greene, executive officer of the San Diego-based ship. "The crew has a great history of generosity in the past - both Navy and Marine. The crew wanted an opportunity to help this time. We are going to give them the opportunity."
Using the Navy/Marine Corps Cash Card System, the crew donated more than $1,280 dollars to the Blue/Green Tsunami Relief Fund Drive in its first day.
"The crew has been great, and we've had a huge response so far. I know we can keep it up," Stone said.
Fireman Jason Daniels, a Mission Viejo, Calif., native, from the ship's A Division said, "The money I donated may help one person or it may help an entire town."
Daniels said tsunami victims have suffered greatly and this is one way the Sailors aboard can help.
The relief fund drive is scheduled to run through Jan. 8.
Bonhomme Richard is currently conducting humanitarian assistance operations off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
For related news on Navy tsunami relief operations, visit the Focus on Tsunami Relief Operations page at www.navy.mil/local/tsunami.
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