From Guatemala City, Guatemala (HT Bill Sloat):
Posted 2/5/2013; Updated 2/5/2013
Reservists from the 300th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., traveled more than 2,700 miles to deliver about 77,000 pounds of cargo to a children’s hospice facility in Guatemala Feb. 3.
The Airmen loaded a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft with a donated school bus and supplies acquired through the efforts of the Mission of Love Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Austintown, Ohio. It is estimated that more than 3,500 people from the rural area of Tecpan, Guatemala, will benefit from the donated school bus, food, clothing and medical supplies.
Missions like these are made possible by the Denton Amendment, a state department program allowing the Air Force to delivery donated humanitarian aid on a space available basis.
“We could not do it without the Denton program,” said Kathleen Price, founder and director of the Mission of Love Foundation. “Through the Denton program and U.S. Air Force, our hands are extended worldwide.”
The humanitarian aid will affect thousands of lives and the school bus will provide the Mayan children with the opportunity to obtain an education, Price said.
“It’s a cool opportunity to get aid to people who otherwise would not get the chance to receive these items, said Staff Sgt. Justin Palmer, a 300th AS loadmaster. “It’s an honor to take part in these types of missions, it makes the trip worthwhile to be able to see their faces and to see their appreciation.”
Thomas Nelson, a resident of Poland, Ohio, was on-hand in Guatemala to see the school bus unloaded from the Joint Base Charleston-based C-17.
“We are hoping the bus can change generations of lives,” said Nelson who, along with his wife Dr. Kathie Nelson, purchased the bus for the foundation.
While Airmen assigned to the 300th AS execute numerous missions annually, it’s these types of missions that can have a profound effect on the crew.
“It makes you feel great and has a direct impact more so than just giving money away,” said Lt. Col. Lance Livesey, one of the 300th AS reserve pilots on the mission. “Additionally, it adds to the crew’s morale.” …
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