NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) volunterered at the Mission of Charity Men's Shelter and the Mission of Charity Women's Shelter in Naples, Italy, Oct. 19.
The Mission of Charity visit marked the final scheduled community outreach event in a foreign port for the "Big E," as Enterprise is scheduled to be inactivated later this year.
Crew members seized this opportunity to give back to the Italian community and to give a helping hand to those less fortunate.
"This gives us an opportunity to give back and let the community know that we are more than just Sailors," said Lt. Cmdr. Claude E. Taylor, Enterprise's Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department assistant maintenance officer. "Things like this show a different side of us. We are human beings and care about our fellow man."
During the event, crew members from the "Big E" helped clean the two monasteries and did minor yard work.
The two Catholic monasteries offer basic assistance to displaced men, women and children in the Naples area, offering food, shelter, education and religious needs to those less fortunate.
The participants were split up into two groups. One group assisted with cleaning the men's shelter, while the other group traveled to the women's shelter to assist with trimming branches and doing minor landscaping work in the courtyard behind the shelter.
When the Enterprise Sailors and Marines visited the sites, they were greeted by the Sisters of the Mission of Charity. The nuns showed a great amount of appreciation for the hard work the Sailors had accomplished.
When the work was completed, crew members presented the Sisters with a book of photos of the ship on behalf of the commanding officer of Enterprise, expressing their appreciation for their cause and the opportunity to help.
"It makes me feel good to be a part of this great team we have and to be able to help those who are in need of assistance," said Enterprise's Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class, Jose Herring.
Throughout the current deployment, the crew of Enterprise has participated in numerous community relations projects in Greece, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, demonstrating that "Big E" Sailors are more than merely members of the military and they care about making a difference in people's lives.
"It shows people there are those who are willing to lend a helping hand for any assistance that may be needed at the time," said Herring.
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