Hollyhock helps others during downtime

>Today’s guest post comes from Seaman Olivia Huett, crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock

TOLEDO, Ohio – Seaman Olivia Huett (wearing green) and fellow crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, homeported in Port Huron, Mich., volunteer at the Cherry Street Mission soup kitchen, Sept. 10, 2010.

I’ve only been in the Coast Guard for a few months, and my desire to be a part of something greater than myself is definitely being fulfilled.

On September 10th, the crew aboard U.S. Coast Cutter Hollyhock was asked to volunteer at a local soup kitchen in Toledo. Although, here for firefighting training, some of the crewmebers were able to attend.

A sign up sheet was put on the mess deck and everyone was eager to put their names on the list. Our commanding officer, Lt. Cmdr. Tim Brown, and 11 other crewmembers arrived bright and early to help.

We were quickly put to work. Some were put on dish duty, cooking detail, or the serving line. The rest were asked to fold and set out donated clothes and shoes. We were able to serve almost 50 people. It was a very heartwarming experience and the crew really enjoyed getting the opportunity to serve and socialize with the people of Toledo.

It’s a great feeling to be part of a lifesaving service, but being a part of an organization whose members spend their free time helping others is even greater.