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USS Monterey's Visit Brings Donations for Romanian Communities

June 7, 2011
Sailors from the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Monterey unload pallets of humanitarian aid destined for orphanages, kindergartens and clinics in Constanta and Tulcea counties (Lucian Crusoveanu/ Public Diplomacy Office)

Sailors from the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Monterey unload pallets of humanitarian aid destined for orphanages, kindergartens and clinics in Constanta and Tulcea counties (Lucian Crusoveanu/ Public Diplomacy Office)

In connection with the ship visit of the USS Monterey cruiser to the port of Constanta June 6-9, eight pallets of school supplies, sports equipment and medical items will be distributed to orphanages, kindergartens and clinics in Constanta and Tulcea counties.
 
The eight pallets, weighing almost two tons, contain soccer balls and nets, health kits, hospital linens and school bags.  In the school bags are notebooks, pens, erasers, rulers, pencil sharpeners, pencils, crayons and scissors.
 
After the pallets are unloaded from the USS Monterey, they will be distributed to the following locations:
 
            Constanta County Hospital
            Kindergarten # 31 and #46 in Constanta
            Cristian Recuperation and Rehabilitation Center, Tulcea
            Speranta Center, Tulcea
            Isaccea family units in Isaccea
            Somova Center, Somova
            Cocorii Center, Tulcea
            Ceamurlia de Jos kindergarten, Ceamurlia de Jos

The items, worth over $12,000, are part of the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp, its worldwide outreach program.  Project Handclasp is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership with corporations, public service organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and individuals throughout the United States.  The humanitarian, educational, and goodwill materials are donated by America’s private sector at no-cost to the government and personally distributed by sailors and marines to those in need overseas.

For more information on Project Handclasp please visit the official webpage at http://www.navy.mil/local/handclasp/.