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U.S. Marines and Embassy Staff Lend a Helping Hand

Volunteers clear fallen trees and stack wood at local orphanage

Posted: September 30, 2005

U.S. Embassy staff joined a group of U.S. Marines and local Embassy guards in a volunteer effort to help cut and move fallen trees at Hogar Amanecer, a private orphanage located in the outskirts of the city. A late winter storm that blew in winds of over 120 mile per hour and wrecked havoc over much of coastal Uruguay, had caused over 20 large eucalyptus trees to fall on their property.

Although much of the trees had been cut and piled when the group arrived to help, the pile of logs 5 feet high, 12 feet wide and 20 feet long had to be moved out of the way and properly stacked. Children and adults worked together throughout the day moving the large logs. Volunteers also helped slipt some of the wood. The work was exhausting, but the group experienced an amazing sense of community and joy working together. There were many playful jokes between some of the powerful men urging each other on. Even the smallest of the children of the orphanage joined in the work.

After the work was done, Embassy guards donated a 29' color TV to the orphanage.

Special thanks to SSgt. Christian Jester, Sgt. Tony Sykes, Sgt. Michael Russell, Corporal Brian Wicker, Richard Garcia, Jeremy Yamin, David Ordonez, Ramon Lima, Mariano Navajas, Luis Larrosa, Joselin Saravia, Odemar Silvera, Gregory Vallarino, Carlos Helguera, Rafael Severo, Luis Schenk, Alma Pratt, Tom Hamm, Peter Covington, Rachel Covington and Gwenyth Covington for volunteering.

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