Nearly 200 children of Coast Guard members stationed in Florida received a special back-to-school treat Monday morning, when they got brand new backpacks filled with school supplies courtesy of the Coast Guard Foundation.
The gift, furnished by a generous Coast Guard Foundation supporter, the Comrie Foundation, provided 196 school bags chock full of items such as pencils, notebooks, folders and other school supplies.
These backpacks reached kids far and wide across Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, one of the Coast Guard's largest commands, which ranges from the west coast of Florida from Yankeetown in the north to Ft. Myers in the southern part of the state. Each year, Sector St. Petersburg personnel conduct, on average, over 2,600 search-and-rescue cases. The Coast Guard team that carries out these missions is comprised of more than 825 active duty members.
"Our principle objective is to make a positive difference to the lives around us and to those who serve our country. We have the greatest respect for these people and their sacrifices in working for us," said a representative for the Comrie Foundation.
"I can't tell you how appreciative our Coast Guard members were. The savings provided by your donor was tremendous, especially for young families with 2-3 children. We really appreciate your support!" a Master Chief from Sector St. Pete wrote in a thank you note to the Foundation.
A couple of crew member from Sector St. Pete help fill the backpacks with school supplies.
The backpacks ready for pick up.