A group of sailors from the littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) participated in a community outreach event in Montreal, Canada Feb. 23.
Sailors volunteered at the Welcome Hall Mission where they assisted with daily operations by bagging groceries, building chairs and packaging food for the homeless, single parents and at-risk youth.
One of the volunteers, Operations Specialist First Class Petty Officer Aaron Huckabaa said, “It was nice to give back to the community. Especially since the people of Montreal have been so welcoming and kind, as a visiting American it was nice to give back to the community.”
Throughout the day, sailors were able to interact with local citizens both on the side of people receiving the food and those who manage and operate the program.
“All of the people running this program were so passionate about serving the community and helping as many people as possible,” said Operations Specialist Senior Chief Petty Officer Tarius Williams. “It was shocking to see how many people they feed and support here every week.”
According to managers, Welcome Hall Mission was established in 1892 and offers support for the homeless, young single mothers, and at-risk youth in the Montreal urban community. The free grocery store provides basic food and living supplies for those in need.
USS Little Rock is icebound in Montreal following her commissioning in Buffalo last December. Sailors continue to focus on training, readiness, and certifications, while also giving back to the local community through volunteer service.