'Shooters' donate hundreds of gifts, hours to Korean orphanage
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- More than 30 Airmen from the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, also known as the Shooter AMU, visited with local children and helped paint their orphanage during their visit to the Sungyook Orphanage in Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea, July 20.
The group of Airmen are currently deployed to Osan from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., as part of a theatre support package to help provide additional combat airpower to bolster regional security and enhance the 51st Fighter Wing's resolve to 'fight and win tonight.'
Before their visit, the unit collected more than 400 donated items including toys, clothes, sports equipment and schools supplies which were all donated to the orphanage.
Before having the opportunity to spend time with the children and give them the donated items, the Airmen spent nearly seven hours working as a team to finish painting the orphanage's library, kitchen, gym and game room, said Tech. Sgt. Gerardo Marquez, event coordinator and 55th AMU Support Section assistant NCOIC.
"I appreciate all of (the 55th AMU's) help. It was an outstanding job and children were so happy to play with you guys," said Ms. Kim Young, Sungyook Orphanage director. "I'm much obliged to them for their help. Every time we use the rooms, the kids will remember you."
The community service project was coordinated and led by both Marquez and Master Sgt. Spencer Lanier, 55th AMU support section superintendent, who will both return to Shaw after their deployment here.
"The kids were terrific, their smiles and positive attitude was contagious," Marquez said. "We loved every second we spent with them, and if everything goes as plan, we will go back before we go home."