NEWPORT, R.I. – Center for Service Support’s Chief Petty Officer Association donated food and monetary donations to 55 deserving families in support of the Caring and Sharing Program that assists Department of Defense employees and their families Nov. 28.<br /> <br /> CSP was launched in the early 1990s. Sailors assigned to commands attached to Naval Station Newport are providing voluntary support for this program which will be conducted through Dec. 18. <br /> <br /> The items collected around CSS and NWPT were placed into 55 gift boxes and presented to sailors and civilian families who requested assistance. <br /> <br /> Senior Chief Logistics Specialist (AW/SW) Chaddrake Lavallais, logistics specialist training manager said that with the support from the CPO Association, and others, CSP was a valuable resource to sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen and civilian employees who sought assistance. <br /> <br /> "The gift boxes contained all of the products for a complete meal including a turkey," said Lavallais. "This program helped 55 DoD families celebrate the holidays and alleviated some of the financial stress brought on by the holiday season." <br /> <br /> “Leaders got the word out to their commands," said Lavallais. "We should support one another every day and not just through the holidays. This program allowed us to give back to our own. I would like to thank everyone who canvassed their commands and nominated team members who needed the support.”<br /> <br /> Command Master Chief (SW/SCW/AW) Ray Rosado said that the first phase of CSP was a great tool to promote team mates helping team mates.<br /> <br /> "Our families needed a helping hand," said Rosado. "Some families couldn’t afford a traditional holiday meal this year. This program offered a help to those who needed it. CSP is based on our spirit of giving and I am extremely proud of those who supported the program as well as those who requested the assistance. I hope all of our team members had a memorable experience and meal with their family."<br /> <br /> "It's an important program for our sailors and civilians who have families," said Rosado. "No one should ever go hungry.”<br /> <br /> CSS and its learning sites provide sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the fleet's warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the fleet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.<br /> <br /> For more news from Center for Service Support, visit www.navy.mil/local/css/.