Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Volunteers Assist San Diego Families


Story Number: NNS120830-01Release Date: 8/30/2012 2:36:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Behnke, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) volunteers helped some parents to save some money Aug. 29 by handing out free boxes of diapers at the Naval Base San Diego commissary.

The Kimberly-Clark Corp. donated about 250,000 diapers to be given to service members around the world by NMCRS volunteers.

"Times are tough," said San Diego NMCRS office director, Barry White. "A lot of our Sailors, particularly E-5 and below with families living on one income, really benefit from this. The 30 bucks or so they save on a box of diapers can make a difference."

"One dollar makes the difference when you have a family," said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Grecilen Castilloventura. "I think all the volunteers are doing a good job helping us parents."

The event also gave people a chance to see the other services NMCRS offers to the San Diego community.

"We set up additional tables with pamphlets and some items for the kids," said NMCRS volunteer, Navy Counselor 1st Class Dana Gallop. "It's a way for us to show some of the other things NMCRS has to offer."

The diaper giveaway served as the first introduction some of these parents had with NMCRS. Many of them signed up for a free class while waiting in line.

"We're here to serve active duty, retired and their families," said White. "Not only can we provide the financial assistance to help them get through that emergent financial difficulty, but we help give them the tools to live within their budget for the long haul. That's probably the biggest gift that we can give them to honor their service."

The volunteers also wanted to let the community know what they do and how others can get involved with NMCRS.

"We're always looking for volunteers," said Gallop. "People can come out here and see what we do first hand and the good feeling you get from doing it."

"It's a great opportunity to work with the military community and it's a really great family organization the really takes care of each other," said Sara Griffin, chairman of volunteers for the San Diego NMCRS office. "We really take care of each other and make sure that everyone gets great training and skill building to further their careers and give back to the servicemembers who give so much to us."

At the giveaway's conclusion, White noted that more than 250 boxes of diapers were distributed during the event.

For more information about the NMCRS, visit www.nmcrs.org/.

 
 
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