On Jan. 25, 2011, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors teamed up to volunteer their time at the Yayasan Sunbeams Home for Children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sunbeams Home for Children is an orphanage that houses and cares for approximately 86 children ranging in ages from 2 to 18. The orphanage has been operating for 15 years and is headed by Pastor Alvin Tan, the Chairman and Co-Founder of the home.
Bunker Hill and Carl Vinson Sailors painted the exterior wall surrounding the entire facility and interacted with the children by singing and playing games.
Information Systems Technician Second Class (SW) Nathaniel Petri, a Bunker Hill Sailor, said, “It was an amazing experience to be able to help out the kids of the Sunbeam Children’s Home by painting the exterior of the complex and I believe we made a difference in the children’s lives and they made a difference in our lives too. We showed the true American spirit of giving a helping hand.”
Volunteers handed out cookies to the children and the Systems Test Officer, Lt. Brad Adorador, presented Bunker Hill ball caps and coins to the Founder, Pastor Alvin Tan and Rotary Club community relations Liaison, Mr. Ivan Paul Christie.
Operations Specialist Second Class Jeremy Jones (SW/AW) said after the project, “I was able to interact with the children through songs, games and small talk about school and music and enjoyed a great meal prepared by the staff. This community relations project was a rewarding experience that I will always remember.”
The Bunker Hill and Carl Vinson volunteers departed leaving smiles on the children’s faces and having enjoyed spending time with our Malaysian partners.