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COMALAPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- Twenty-seven Sailors from Patrol Squadron 8 (VP-8) assigned to Cooperative Security Location completed much-needed repairs Jan. 4 to an orphanage in San Salvador.

The Sailors from VP-8, also known as the "Fighting Tigers," painted four rooms at the Love and Hope Orphanage, which 21 children call home. They also installed lighting in a courtyard, showed a movie, and played tag and other games with the children.

"It was a great opportunity to help improve the living conditions of the children and spend some quality time with them," said Lt. j.g. Jeremy Cooper, a naval flight officer with VP-8. "Being able to see the excitement and joy on the children's faces has been one of the most rewarding experiences of this deployment."

The Love and Hope children's home cares for orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children. Many of the children have been saved from emotional and physical neglect and many more will be saved in the future due to The Love and Hope Orphanage.

"We were really excited to be able to get out and do something good for the community," said Naval Aircrewman Operator 2nd Class Alana Rondon. "Being able to interact with the children was a lot of fun as well as gratifying."

The Fighting Tigers of VP-8 are currently deployed to the 4th and 5th fleet areas of responsibility, assisting in counter-drug efforts and providing humanitarian assistance.

Byline: From Cooperative Security Location, Patrol Squadron 8
Article Date: 1/9/2014
Title: Sailors Volunteer at Children's Home in El Salvador
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