Story Number: NNS140331-27Release Date: 3/31/2014 4:28:00 PM
By Lt. j.g. Torrey Plum, Patrol Squadron 8 Public Affairs
CUYULTITAN, El Salvador (NNS) -- Seven Sailors from Patrol Squadron 8 - the Fighting Tigers - at Cooperative Security Location Comalapa spent March 29 helping to build a home here for a Salvadoran family.
The Fighting Tigers leveled floors, hauled dirt and erected scaffolding in support of a Habitat for Humanity project.
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador relies mostly on donations and volunteers to provide housing to families, many of which have been displaced by natural disasters.
Hugo Rodriguez, the recipient of the new home, expressed appreciation for the volunteers' time and effort.
"The experience allows us to create new relationships with people from other countries," he said. "It means a great deal to us that these people, who we've never met, are willing to volunteer their time in order to provide us with a home."
Lt. j.g. Paxie Cordova, a pilot with VP-8, described the Rodriguez family's gratitude as humbling.
"Habitat for Humanity provides us with a wonderful opportunity to help the local community and leave a lasting mark from our time spent here," she said.
The Fighting Tigers of VP-8 are deployed to the 4th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility, assisting in the Counter Transnational Organized Crime mission and providing humanitarian assistance.
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