Some Marines and their families were about to PCS (permanent change of station,) others were just beginning their careers as Marines, more just returning from deployment, all put in restrictive movement during this COVID-19 season. Many Service members where stuck where they were and unable to get small items they needed for basic hygiene due to being brand new Marines fresh from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, or a family had all their family possessions packed away ready to PCS only to be frozen in an empty house while they wait patiently for word on if they are going to be able to move to their next station.
COVID-19 has put a lot of things on halt for our Service Members aboard Camp Pendleton, and luckily, USO Camp Pendleton was able to come to the rescue. The staff at the USO has provided over 3,500 Marines with snacks, beverages, toiletry items, and most importantly some morale bossting items such as puzzles, card games, Lego kits, and work out gear. USOs across the world have heard these stories over and over again. Here at Camp Pendleton we were able to get many the items they needed and support the local units in raising morale with the help of our community partners to include USAA and USO San Diego. They have both been a huge help with assembling and donating toiletry packs for over 600 new Marines taking their next step in their career at the School of Infantry and 400 Marines returning from deployments across the base. USO San Diego has also been able to help provide pallets upon pallets of beverages to keep our Service Members hydrated. Working together we can help serve more Marines and Sailors aboard Camp Pendleton during these uncertain times.
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