Every year an average of 3,000 servicemen and servicewomen return home for the holidays to San Diego, California, before being sent on deployment. Many of them spend the journey hungry.
The San Diego Waves, together with Waves of Service and many other community partners, distributed 2,500 bags to these deserving armed-services members between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2011. The bags included a variety of nonperishable food items, such as beef jerky, cheese and crackers, trail mix, granola bars, and candy, as well as thank-you notes from grateful Americans. Approximately 450 volunteers dedicated more than 1,300 hours to this Waves of Appreciation project, which the San Diego Waves hope to continue in 2012.
“The impact of this project is tremendous,” said Lauren Bullock, vice president of programming for the San Diego Waves. “Many of the service members who thanked us were a bit teary-eyed and we were constantly thanked by airport personnel, airline personnel, retirees picking up others from the airport, etc. It was quite overwhelming how many times we were thanked by everyone around us.”
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PEPPERDINE ALUMNI SIGNATURE EVENTS
APRIL 14: Habit for Humanity with the Bay Area Waves
MAY 19: Project Open Hand with the Atlanta Waves
MAY 20: Dallas Waves Fiesta
JULY 21: Pageant of the Masters with the Orange County Waves
AUGUST 4: Seafair with the Seattle Waves