Sailors serving at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego delivered a large load of gently worn clothing to a local homeless services provider this past November, after a successful command-wide clothing drive.
Members of the command's First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) held the clothing drive from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, collecting and donating the used goods to Father Joe's Villages, a local non-profit organization that provides roughly 4,000 meals and other services to about 1,500 homeless per day.
"Without these donations, we wouldn't be able to run the programs we have for the people who need them in our community," said Oscar Labiano, Father Joe's director of business operations. "We help about 200 military veterans every day. A significant aspect of these particular donations is that we have those who are currently serving helping those who have already served. The Sailors are giving to those who have already given to us."
This is the command's second clothing drive benefitting Father Joe's patrons this year. The vast assortment of donated goods will make its way to people of all ages in the organization's programs, from infants to senior citizens.
"The idea behind doing this twice a year -- once in the Spring and once in the Fall -- is so that we can get both winter and summer clothes to those who need them," explained LS1(SW/AW) Makita Lewis, FCPOA vice president. "There are a lot of people who can't afford to buy new clothes and who are on the streets. The holidays are coming up, and there are quite a lot of families out there. I would want somebody to help me if I needed it. We're all just trying to make it in the world."
By Candice Villarreal
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Corporate Communications