- Volunteers from the American and Japanese Red Cross associations handed out holiday greetings cards to Sailors aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Dec. 17.
The cards were written by Americans for
distribution to U.S. service men and women overseas.
The 20 volunteers handed the cards to every Sailor they met during
their visit to the ship. The volunteers were high school students
from the city of Yokosuka, Japan and Kinnick High School on
Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
“We get so many cards every year from people in the states and those
that admire you guys and what you do,” said Canneah Thigpen,
chairmen of volunteers for the American Red Cross at Commander Fleet
Activities Yokosuka. “We’re happy to do it and happy to be here.”
“They’re creative and it’s nice to be shown that people care,” said
Aviation Ordnanceman Airmen Tremayne Robinson from Chicago. “It
means a lot to get a card – especially at this time of the year.”
Sailors aboard the George Washington weren’t the only ones excited
by the visit. The volunteers were happy to be able to come aboard
the ship and see what it was like.
“I’ve never been on a ship before. The ship is very large. It is so
cool!” said Hiroe Suzuki, a Japanese Red Cross volunteer.
The Red Cross of Yokosuka has also shown support for other events on
base and for military members in the area by volunteering at the
Navy College, The Yokosuka base library, local schools and
sponsoring festivals and fundraising events.
The volunteers were part of a group of 40 volunteers from both the
American and Japanese Red Cross associations who visited the U.S.
7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and Arleigh
Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63).