MAT Team Sault Ste. Marie helps out during the holiday season

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. - Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Walsh, a damage controlman at the Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Augmentation Team, Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., unloads food that was donated through the MAT's community service project, Dec. 7, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Martin.

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. - Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Walsh, a damage controlman at the Coast Guard’s Maintenance and Augmentation Team, Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., unloads food that was donated through the MAT's community service project, Dec. 7, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Martin.

The Coast Guard is known for giving back to the community, and that is never more evident than during the holiday season.

Volunteers from the Maintenance and Augmentation Team at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., have recently gone above and beyond while participating in their local community food drive.

Volunteers helped to unload more than 10 tons of food from a truck on Dec. 7, 2011 alone. Chief Petty Officer David Martin, Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Walsh and Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Barraza set up 440 individual bags of food that will be handed out to members of the community. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Ross and Petty Officer 3rd Class James Gift rode in a second truck and unloaded an additional three tons of food at a local church that serves as a distribution center and food kitchen.

“It feels good to know that we’re helping people out during the holiday season,” said Walsh. “Especially this time of year, knowing that people who may not have much are getting things they need to make their season more enjoyable.”

To date, the MAT crew has unloaded more than 70 tons of food during similar community service events.

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