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VP-8 Sailors Celebrate Easter with Love and Hope Children's Home

Story Number: NNS140425-06Release Date: 4/25/2014 3:07:00 AM

By Ensign Mark Baden

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (NNS) -- Sailors from Patrol Squadron 8 (VP)8 supported the Love and Hope Children's Home in San Salvador, April 19, during a community outreach event.

A group of 12 VP-8 Sailors, deployed to Cooperative Security Location Comalapa located in El Salvador to setup an Easter egg hunt followed by sports and piñata contests for the children.

"We value the opportunity to reach out to the local community, especially with the children from Love and Hope," said Naval Aircrewman Avionics 2nd Class Tony Willard. "Seeing their smiling faces and interacting with them has been one of the most rewarding parts of our deployment here in El Salvador."

Love and Hope was established in 2003 after outreach workers discovered orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children with nowhere to live. Since then, they have provided food, shelter, safety, education, and love to over 30 children.

"We are so grateful VP-8 decided to spend their Easter with us," said Rachel Sanson, director and founder of Love and Hope Children's Home. "Thanks so much to VP-8 for putting on such a fun event for the children!"

VP-8, also known as the "Fighting Tigers", donated $1,118 for this special event.

"The children from Love and Hope are a joy to visit," said Lt. j.g. Paxie Cordova, a pilot with VP-8. "We've been fortunate to be able to visit the children often, and the Easter egg hunt today will be a true highlight of this deployment."

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

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