Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMRCS) Active-Duty Fundrive team held a fundraiser at the 4th Street Navy Exchange (NEX) gas station on Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk.
The theme was “Gas and Glass” and it ran from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers stationed themselves at various gas pumps and took donations to pump patrons’ gas and wash their windshields. The Frog ‘N Anchor Mobile Canteen was also on sight serving authentic Puerto Rican and American food.
“Our ultimate goal is to supersede 2016’s total donations. We’ve already superseded last year’s by a lot right now, so we’re trying to now topple 2016’s,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Ashley Geary, the NMCRS representative for Naval Station Norfolk.
All donations went to NMCRS and will be used to help military members and their families in times of need. It is a non-profit organization and runs on donations and volunteers. Services performed by NMCRS include financial assistance for emergency travel, Budget for Baby classes, The Visiting Nurse Program, financial counseling, education assistance and many other beneficial programs.
“This NMCRS team was out here in 30-degree weather helping with gas and glass and I want to thank everyone that supported the gas and glass event and I hope they enjoyed the mobile canteen,” said Geary.
There are about 18 NMCRS volunteers from the NAVSTA Norfolk command and there were roughly eight volunteers working at the Gas and Glass event.
“It’s family helping family because it’s sailors and marines helping out their own,” said Geary. “It’s not being donated to an outside source. The monetary donations are being kept within the families.”
The event yielded over $370 in the two and a half hours that it was held. This is the first Gas and Glass event and the organization hopes to continue holding them in the future.
For more information on NMCRS services, volunteering, or donating, visit their website at www.nmcrs.org/ or call the local Norfolk branch at 757-322-3134.