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.