Navy seeks homes for the holiday

first_imgPOINT MUGU – Invite a sailor to Christmas dinner, buy a Marine’s child a toy or donate a holiday meal to a soldier’s family. These are just some of the ways to help military servicemen and -women and their families this holiday season. “The holidays can be a lonely time,” said Teri Reid, a spokeswoman at Naval Base Ventura County. “We have fellows here who are in training class from all over the U.S. and they don’t know anybody. “We have families (whose loved ones) are deployed overseas, in some cases for a second consecutive year. Every time they get a surprise, every time the community helps, it lifts their spirits.” Other options include the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, 805-982-4345, or donating food to Food Share at 4156 Southbank Road, in Oxnard. You must indicate that you want the donation to go to military families. For other ways you can support the troops, visit www.americasupportsyou.mil.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFortunately, Reid said the Point Mugu base gets flooded with calls this time of year with generous people wanting to offer support. For those interested in inviting a sailor to your home for Christmas dinner, you can call Chief Arnold Alonzo at the Naval Construction Training Center at 805-982-4355 or Chief John MacCallum at 805-982-6428. You can also donate to Operation Seabee Christmas, a private, nonprofit organization that collects items and money for holiday packages to deployed family members overseas. If you are interested in making contributions to Operation Seabee Christmas, you can send a check to P.O. Box 2129, Port Hueneme, Calif. 93041. For more information, visit www.seabeechristmas.org. Spread holiday cheer to local military families by donating toys and gift certificates to the Fleet and Family Support Centers at NBVC Point Mugu and Port Hueneme, 805-982-3159. last_img read more

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