NEWPORT, R.I. - Center for Service Support (CSS) and Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) donated food and monetary donations to deserving families in support of the Caring and Sharing Program (CSP) that assists Department of Defense (DOD) employees and their families Dec. 19.
CSP was launched in the early 1990s. Sailors assigned to commands at Naval Station Newport (NWPT) provided voluntary support for this program which was conducted in two phases that encompassed both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
The donated items will be placed into gift boxes and presented to sailors and civilian families in next few days.
Senior Chief Logistics Specialist (AW/SW) Chaddrake Lavallais, logistics specialist training manager said the program was a success because of the support from the thousands of sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen and civilian employees assigned to NWPT.
"The gift boxes contained all of the products for a complete meal including a turkey," said Lavallais. "This program helps needy DOD families celebrate the holidays and eased some of the stress caused by the holiday season."
"We should support one another every day and not just through the holidays," said Lavallais. "This program allowed us to give back to people we see every day. I would like to thank everyone who participated."
Chief Logistics Specialist (AW/SW) Mike Faulk, NSCS senior enlisted adviser, said the second phase of CSP was a great tool in promoting team mates helping team mates and fosters a greater sense of family.
"This program has helped dozens of families throughout NWPT," said Faulk. "Some families struggle to afford a traditional holiday meal and it's a shame. This program offered assistance to those who needed it. I am extremely proud of those who supported the program as well as those who were proactive enough to ask for help."
"I hope everyone enjoys their holiday season and that no one in our extended military and civilian family go hungry, said Faulk. "It's an important program for our service members and civilian employees. NSCS was happy to participate."
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.
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