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Sailors earn their stripes
POULSBO Armed with cans of spray paint, a power washer and a bundle of tape and cardboard, a crew of four sailors pitched in to give North Kitsap Fishline a helping hand.
While the Navy has often donated food and other items to the charity, Wednesdays contribution helped accomplish tasks the food bank would otherwise be unable to get done.
Our goal today is to redo the entire parking area for them and were just doing what we can to help out, said MMC Tim Edgett, who headed the crew of four from Naval Base Kitsap.
While a number of sailors and Marines from the area participated in the United Ways Day of Caring, Edgett said he and several other Navy chiefs have taken it upon themselves to remain involved in the local community throughout the year.
We live here in this area and we want to show the community that were here to help, he explained.
While sailors might not be able to provide large financial contributions, one thing theyre not short on is labor, Edgett noted.
Were trying to do things like this once a month and one thing we can provide is lots of free labor, he said. We had 30 people volunteer for todays project, but we only needed four.
For MR2 Ruben Colon, the day provided yet another opportunity to do something for others in the community.
The word was put out and people just started volunteering their time, Colon said, adding that such projects provide opportunities to build relationships between the community and the military.
I believe its always good to be part of the community and do what we can to help, he noted. Our community extends beyond the fences of Bangor.
Seeing the group of sailors volunteering their time brought a big smile to Fishline Executive Director Sharon Kirkpatrick.
Its great to see them out here doing what they can to help us, Kirkpatrick commented as the crew blasted dirt and grime from the parking area.
The Navy has been a strong supporter of the food bank in the past and has continued answering the food banks calls for help, she said.
This is just one example of what theyve done for us and its a relationship that I hope well continue building on, Kirkpatrick said.