Seafarers and officers from the TOTE-operated USNS Wheeler on Dec. 21 hosted a Christmas party for approximately 50 orphans at the Sung Ae Won Orphanage in Busan, South Korea, reports vessel master Capt. Glenn Macario.
“The crew raised over $1,900 to buy presents and host a pizza and ice cream party for the children living at Sung Ae Won,” Macario said in a message to the Seafarers LOG. “The generosity and dedication of the SIU members of the crew of the Wheeler cannot be overstated. They are truly professional sailors and upstanding citizens.”
Some of the crew members are pictured in the photos accompanying this post. The rest had watch commitments or galley work, Macario said, but “all SIU crew contributed to the success of the party and all should be commended for their spirit and generosity. Because of their efforts, the children of Sung Ae Won experienced the true meaning of Christmas.”
Seafarers aboard the Wheeler include Bosun Lawrence Richardson, AB Ronald Whitlow, AB Jesse Sunga, AB Tony Olaya, AB Dannal Williams, QMED Jasper McGirt, Wiper Chis Van Hoose and Cook Robert Maschmeier.