Wednesday, 23 May 2018
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BK18  |  PH, allies conducts Community Outreach

GENTLE HANDS CHILD CARE CENTER, Quezon City (DWDD) – Philippine, U.S., Australian, and Japanese service members spend time with the local community during Exercise Balikatan.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richi Saldivar, native of Alexandria, Virginia, with Alpha Company, 7th Communications Battalion, 3rd Marine Information Group, holds a baby girl from the Gentle Hands Child Care Center, Quezon City, Philippines. Gentle Hands is a child and youth welfare agency that provide rescue and rehabilitation for medical, social, psychological, and educational needs of at-risk children and youth, and advocating for the rights of the children. Philippine, U.S., Australian, and Japanese service members spent Mother’s Day volunteering at the center as part of a community relations effort in the Philippines during exercise Balikatan May 13, 2018.

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jesse Lestronge, of Waianae, Hawaii, assigned to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing based in Okinawa, Japan interacts with a child during a visit to Gentle Hands Child Care Center, Quezon City, Philippines. During the three-hour visit, the service members were given an opportunity to play games, tell stories, and make art with the children.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rashad Howard, native of Los Angeles, assigned to Disbursing Office, Alpha Company, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, break dances for the children.

Deputy Director, Communication Strategy and Operations, U.S. Marine Maj. Clint Gebke, of San Antonio, Texas, assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force, interacts with children.

Charity Heppner-Graff, founder of Gentle Hands, Capt. Denis Cox, wing chaplain, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Father Rommel Kiamco, 2nd Lt., chaplain service, speak to U.S. service members.

U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Leroy Forbes, a construction chief with 9th Engineering Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and a native of Hartford, Conn., holds baby Devin during a community relations event.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jada Mathis, a finance technician with Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and a native of Washington D.C., takes a selfie with children.

Children from the Gentle Hands Child Care Center play in the playground during a community relations event.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jacob Blair, attached to Headquarters and Support Battalion, and a native of Franklin, Ind., holds baby Brittney.

Philippine, U.S., Japanese and Australian service members take a group photo.

Charity Heppner-Graff, founder of Gentle Hands, speaks to service members during a visit to Gentle Hands Child Care Center, Quezon City, Philippines. During the three-hour visit, the service members were given an opportunity to play games, tell stories, and make art with the children.

Australian Defence Force Private Courtney Woodman, from Brisbane, Australia, assigned to Army 1st Intelligence Battalion interacts with a child .

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Miranda Martinez, of Los Angeles, Calif., assigned to Alpha Company, 7th Communication Battalion interacts with a child. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dahnyce Baucom / MCAG

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