Sailors from the Aegis Training and Readiness Center volunteered at Mary's Shelter in Fredericksburg, Va. on Saturday, Apr. 14.
Kathleen Wilson, Mary Shelter's Director, was very grateful for ATRC's time and efforts. In a letter to ATRC, Wilson wrote "For one of the only times in my life I am at a bit of a loss for words. When you said you were bringing a service group, I never expected to see so many people show up."
Mary's Shelter is a local, community, nonprofit organization that provides housing and support to women and their children in time of need. Thirty ATRC Sailors understood the importance of this organization and desired to help make these families feel at home.
"My plan was to get a ceiling painted, a dining room primed and a kitchen painted," Wilson explained in her letter. "That was completed. In addition to the dining room being primed, it was also beautifully painted. Two rooms and two ceilings in another one of our homes was painted.A garden was put in the front yard along with clean up of the property and much needed weeding. In addition, an eyesore of a shed, in need of much repair was fixed and a new roof put on top. Shelves were installed inside the shed as well. People who were scheduled to stay until 12 p.m. stayed to complete work until at least 3 p.m."
ATRC Sailors not only volunteered their time but also made a positive impact on the mothers and children of Mary's Shelter.
Wilson concluded her letter by writing, "On behalf of all the moms, children, staff and directors at Mary's Shelter, I thank you so very much. You have been a great blessing to all."
ATRC is committed in 2012 in participating in volunteer events in the spirit of strengthening community ties while raising the social awareness of tomorrow's Fleet Sailors.