Dear Friends and Supporters,
I am very proud of our Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society volunteers. Over the past few months, NMCRS volunteers have responded around the globe to meet the needs of Sailors, Marines, and their families whose lives have been impacted by the unique challenges of military life.
NMCRS Yokosuka employees and volunteers organized and operated a most successful collection and distribution of clothing, shoes, and uniforms within hours of the USS Fitzgerald’s collision at sea. They sized, folded, and boxed shirts, pants, belts, shoes, and boots; then they transported the items to the pier using every car and truck they could find; unloaded everything, and set up a thrift shop for returning Sailors – many whom had lost everything but the shirt on their back.
This summer’s record-breaking rain and flooding across the mid-west left many Navy families in the Great Lakes areas without power and destroyed homes. Even our NMCRS Great Lakes office was damaged when the roof caved in. But our staff quickly relocated, kept their doors open, and ensured Navy and Marine Corps families could get financial assistance to evacuate or replace destroyed household goods, clothes, and food.
Volunteers are the workforce of the Society. They willingly give of their time and talents to ensure service members, retirees, and their families are taken care of when life’s challenges seem overwhelming. It is good work. Work that needs to be done. Work that makes a difference.
And it is work that cannot go on without the generous and faithful support of you, our donors. Your gifts matter – every dollar matters to someone in need.
When everyone works together, great things are done.
Admiral Steve Abbot, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer